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Insert Page Breaks

When you reach the end of a page in Word a natural break occurs to continue on the next page. It is possible to insert page breaks, sometimes referred to as hard breaks, to control the page breaks in a word document.

Insert a Page Break

  1. Click in the document where you want the next page to begin
  2. Click the Insert tab on the Ribbon
  3. Click the Page Break button in the Pages group

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 Draft 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 some pagination settings 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 pagination settings for
  2. Click the Home tab on the Ribbon
  3. Click the Dialogue Box Launcher arrow in the corner of the Paragraph group
  4. Select the Line and Page Breaks tab
  5. Line and Page Break options

  6. Select the pagination settings you want to use
  7. 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

  8. Click Ok

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