Adding Breaks

In MS Word line and page breaks give you more control over how text flows. When using Word column breaks are also useful.


Video: Adding Breaks in
Word 2010

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Breaks allow you to have more control over the layout of your document. You might use a page break if you're writing a paper that has a bibliography to ensure the bibliography starts on a new page. You might use a column break if you are using columns and want them to be arranged in a particular way.

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To insert a break:

  1. Place the insertion point where you want the break to appear.
  2. Select the Page Layout tab.
  3. Click the Breaks command. A menu appears.
    Adding a page break Adding a page break
  4. Click the desired break option to create a break in the document.

To delete a break:

Breaks are hidden by default. If you want to delete a break, you'll probably want Word to show the breaks so you can find them for editing.

  1. From the Home tab, click the Show/Hide ¶ command.
    Showing paragraph markings Showing paragraph markings
  2. Double-click the break to select it.
    Selecting the break Selecting the break
  3. Press the Backspace or Delete key to delete the break.