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Chapter 4. Document Formatting > Inserting Page Breaks

Inserting Page Breaks

Word inserts an automatic page break whenever text fills the page. In Normal view, an automatic page break is shown as a horizontal dotted line. If you want a page to break before you've filled the page (to avoid splitting a table across two pages, for example), you can insert a manual page break.

To insert a page break

1.
Position the insertion mark at the beginning of the line where you want the new page to start.

2.
Choose Insert > Break > Page Break.

✓ Tips

  • To delete a manual page break in Normal view, select the break (Figure 4.9) and press . To delete a manual page break in Page Layout view, position the insertion mark just before the first character of the new page and press

    Figure 4.9. To remove a manual page break in Normal view, begin by selecting the page break.

  • You cannot delete or move an automatic page break. You can, however, insert a manual page break above it.

  • Use Widow/Orphan control to ensure that Word doesn't leave a single line of text at the page top or bottom when it breaks a page. Select the errant paragraph, choose Format > Paragraph, click the Line and Page Breaks tab in the Paragraph dialog box (Figure 4.10), check Widow/Orphan control, and click OK. Word will repaginate as necessary to eliminate the widow or orphan text.

    Figure 4.10. In the Paragraph dialog box, you can tell Word to handle widows and orphans and prevent two paragraphs from being split between pages.

  • To prevent a heading and the following paragraph from being split across two pages, select the heading, choose Format > Paragraph, click the Lines and Page Breaks tab, and check the option to Keep with next (see Figure 4.10).


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