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Microsoft Word Page and Section Breaks

We have created another training tip on how to create different page breaks and section breaks when using Microsoft Word.  Have a look and if you are interested in finding out more about Microsoft Word feel free to have a look at our course outlines or contact us here in Olas.

Page breaks are used to divide documents into multiple pages. There are two types of page break, automatic and manual. An automatic page break is inserted into a document when a page is full and text automatically moves on to the next page.  Manual page breaks can be inserted by users to force text onto a new page.

Inserting a Mual Page Break

  • Place the insertion point in front of the text that is to be moved to the next page.
  • On the Page Layout tab, click Breaks
  • Select Page Break in the list.

Removing Page Breaks

  • Turn on Show/Hide  and all page breaks will now be visible in the document.
  • Click on the Page Break and press Delete on the keyboard.

Using Section Breaks

Within a document Sections and Section Breaks are used in order to allow varying page layouts within a single document.  If different page orientations, page numberings, headers and footers are required throughout a document, it is necessary to divide the document into sections. There are four types of section breaks that can be inserted into a Word document

Types of section breaks

  • Next Page           Inserts a section break – the new section starts on the next page of the document.
  • Continuous         Inserts a section break – the new section starts on the same page.
  • Even Page           Inserts a section break – the new section starts on the next even numbered page in the document
  • Odd Page            Inserts a section break – the new section starts on the next odd numbered page in the document

The most frequently used section break is the Next Page section break.

Inserting Section Breaks

  • Place the insertion point in front of the text that is to be moved to the next page.
  • On the Page Layout tab, click Breaks
  • Make a selection under Section Breaks.

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