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Using Page Breaks

Word 2003 inserts a natural page break when you reach the end of the page to continue on the next page. It is possible to insert your own page breaks, known as hard breaks, to control where the pages break in a word document.

Insert a Page Break

  1. Click in the document where you want the next page to begin
  2. Click Insert > Break
  3. Insert a page break

  4. Ensure the Page Break option is selected
  5. Click Ok

You can also insert page breaks by using the Ctrl + Enter keyboard shortcut

Remove a Page Break

To remove a page break you need to be able to see it. Switch to Normal view or press the Show/Hide button to view hidden characters.

Page break in a Word document

  1. Click at the beginning of the page break
  2. Press the Delete key on the keyboard

Use Paragraph Line and Page Break Options

Word includes paragraph line and page break options that enable you to do things like keep all of the lines of a paragraph together, or automatically insert a page break before a paragraph.

  1. Select the paragraph(s) that you want to change the paragraph line and page break options for
  2. Click Format > Paragraph
  3. Click the Line and Page Breaks tab
  4. Pagination settings for paragraphs

  5. Select the pagination settings you want to use
  6. Widow/Orphan control: Prevents the last line of a paragraph appearing by itself at the top of a page (widow), or the first line of a paragraph appearing by itself at the bottom of a page (orphan)

    Keep with next: Ensures that the paragraph is always on the same page as the following paragraph. Popular to use with major headings

    Keep lines together: Prevents the lines of a paragraph from being broken up. They will always appear together on the same page

    Page break before: Inserts a page break before the paragraph ensuring it is always at the top of a page. Also popular to use with major headings

  7. Click Ok

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