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    How to call different positions of one sheet of paper

    Dear teachers,

    usually I write on a sheet of paper which is in the following position in front of me:

    ___


    ___

    Sometimes, however, I need to have it in this position:

    ______

    ______

    I neither know how to call these two positions in English nor how to ask somebody else to arrange their papers like this.
    It would very very kind of you if you could provide me with some useful vocabulary here.

    Thanks in advance

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    Re: How to call different positions of one sheet of paper

    The vertical orientation (first one) is called "portrait".
    The horizontal orientation is called "landscape".
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: How to call different positions of one sheet of paper

    The top one is usually called "Portrait" layout, and the bottom one is called "Landscape" layout.
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Re: How to call different positions of one sheet of paper

    I have no idea what you're trying to demonstrate. The bottom picture shows what might be a piece of paper which is wider than that in the top picture.

    Ahhhh, I think I've worked it out. You couldn't show all four sides of the piece of paper, could you? OK, the first piece of paper is "portrait" and the second is "landscape". Those are the orientations used in word processing programs and printer software.

    Edit: Cross-posted with both tedmc and Grumpy!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: How to call different positions of one sheet of paper

    First of all thank you very much for your quick answers tedmc, Grumpy and emsr2d2! They helped a lot.

    emsr2d2, you were right, all my attempts to show a nice four-sided piece of paper were changed as soon as I pressed the "Submit"-button. So I ended up with this one .

    You said that these orientations are used in word processing programs and printer software. Are they limited to these settings? Or can I ask somebody to put their exercise books, for example, "in the landscape way" in front of them? Or can I use "horizonal way" or "vertical way", too?

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    Re: How to call different positions of one sheet of paper

    Buddy, the terms "portrait and landscape" probably sound more artistic in computer language. I agree with you - "vertical and horizontal" are so much easier and mean the same thing.
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    Re: How to call different positions of one sheet of paper

    [QUOTE=Buddy42;1184183]You said that these orientations are used in word processing programs and printer software. Are they limited to these settings?/QUOTE]

    No, they're not just used in word processing.

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