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

Section breaks

Section breaks create a barrier between parts of a document, allowing you to format each section independently. For example, you may want one section to have two columns without adding columns to the entire document. Word offers several types of section breaks:

Screenshot of Word 2013Section Breaks in Word

To insert a section break:

In our example, we'll add a section break to separate a paragraph from a two-column list. This will allow us to change the formatting of the paragraph so it no longer appears formatted as a column.

  1. Place the insertion point where you want to create the break. In our example, we'll place it at the beginning of the paragraph we want to separate from column formatting.

    Screenshot of Word 2013Placing the insertion point
  2. On the Page Layout tab, click the Breaks command, then select the desired section break from the drop-down menu that appears. In our example, we'll select Continuous so our paragraph remains on the same page as the columns.

    Screenshot of Word 2013Selecting a section break
  3. A section break will appear in the document.

    Screenshot of Word 2013The new section break
  4. The text before and after the section break can now be formatted separately. Apply the formatting options you want. In our example, we'll apply one-column formatting to the paragraph so it is no longer formatted as columns.

    Screenshot of Word 2013Applying a new format
  5. The text will be formatted in the document.

    Screenshot of Word 2013The formatted text

Other types of breaks

When you want to format the appearance of columns or modify text wrapping around an image, Word offers additional break options that can help.

Screenshot of Word 2013Additional break options