How to insert a page or section break in a Microsoft Word document

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How to insert a page or section break in a Microsoft Word document
How to insert a page or section break in a Microsoft Word document (LuminaStock/iStock/Getty Images)

Inserting page and section breaks makes it possible for you to have fine-grained control on the layout of your document. A page break simply forces any text typed after it onto a new page, even if the old page wasn't full yet; section breaks offer even more flexibility, since each section is completely independent from the rest of the document in terms of layout, orientation, formatting, page numbers, headers, footers, borders and other design elements.

Skill level:
Easy

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Instructions

    Adding a page break

  1. 1

    Launch Microsoft Word and open the document to which you want to add a page break.

  2. 2

    Move the text cursor to the exact location where you want to create the page break.

  3. 3

    Select the "Insert" tab and click "Page Break." Alternatively, simply press "Ctrl-Enter."

    Add a section break

  1. 1

    Launch Microsoft Word and open the file in which you want to create a section break.

  2. 2

    Move your text cursor to the exact location where you want the section break to appear.

  3. 3

    Select the "Page Layout" tab, click "Breaks" and select the section break that is most appropriate to your needs. Four different types of section breaks are available: a continuous section break, which separates the text following it into a new section but keeps it on the same page, a new page section break, which starts the freshly-created section on a new page, and two section breaks which respectively start the new section on the next available even or odd page.

Tips and warnings

  • To see the exact location of page or section breaks you have added to the document, select the "Home" tab and click the "Show/Hide" button in the Paragraph section. This button is marked with a paragraph sign, which looks a bit like a mirrored "P."
  • Information in this article applies to Microsoft Word 2013. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions.

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