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Chapter 13. Formatting the Page Layout, ... > Working with Sections in Your Docume...

Working with Sections in Your Document

Initially, in word processing programs, many formatting choices—margins, columns, headers and footers, line numbers, page numbers, and footnotes—applied to the entire document. Later, users' needs grew to require different settings for different parts of the document; Word uses sections as its way to divide your document into parts that you can format differently. Each section is like a document within a document.

Sections are especially important in creating two types of documents: those with chapters and those that fall into the desktop publishing category. Sections are useful for chapters because you can force a section to start on a right-facing page (as most chapters do) and can change headers, footers, page numbers, line numbering, and so on for each chapter. Sections also are indispensable for desktop publishing, where you often need to vary the number of columns on a single page.


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