I'd Like to Put a Map in My Thesis, or a Document that is Larger than 8.5 x 11. How Do I Do That?

Sometimes, we like to include material in our dissertation papers that is vital, but is seemingly not compatible with the writing software being used. These minor hindrances can make a big impact on the success of your thesis or dissertation. Letting such a minor hindrance drastically alter your dissertation is a shame, and we have the solutions just for you on how to counter these restrictions.

One of the most common restrictions that student face is to include an image in their document larger than 8.5x11. This is the maximum size the default settings allow you to include in many word processor software such as Microsoft word. In this article, we will look at how to include a map in your thesis larger than 8.5x11.

Inserting A Map Larger Than 8.5x11

Essentially, if you are looking to put a map larger than 8.5x11 in your thesis, it means that it spans over two or more pages. Currently, there is no way t override the default settings of Microsoft Word and span an image over a page. However there are tricks we can utilize to ensure that your map larger than a page fits in your thesis.

  1. Open a blank document and add another page to the document by clicking insert, pages and then blank page.
  2. Now adjust the margins of the page. Select page layout, margins and then click on the preset values that you wish to have.
  3. Click insert and then pictures to load the image into your document.
  4. Select the image you want to use then click insert.
  5. Right click the image, select wrap text and then click in front of text. Resize the page if needed to cover the whole page.
  6. Select the image and press Ctrl-C to copy it. Click on top of second page and click Ctrl-V to paste it there.
  7. Crop the image in the first page. Drag the top right corner to the halfway mark. Repeat this process on the second page in the opposite direction, and you will now have a map spanning across two pages.

Although it is a slightly lengthy process, it is worth the time and effort to do to ensure that you can incorporate a map longer than one page into your thesis.

As you can see, there is no way to bypass the restriction of the most common word processor, Microsoft Word that you cannot have a picture spanning more than a page. However, with our trick, you are able to put a map larger than 8.5x11 into your thesis and ensure that you do not omit valuable information in your thesis that is important for your readers to see.