Breaks

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 different 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.

types of section breaks

To insert a section break:

In our example, we'll add a section break to separate a paragraph from a two-column list.

  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 two-column formatting.
    placing the insertion point
  2. On the Page Layout tab, click the Breaks command, then select the desired section break from the drop-down menu. In our example, we'll select Continuous so our paragraph remains on the same page as the columns.
    inserting a Continuous section break
  3. A section break will appear in the document.
    the inserted section break
  4. The text before and after the section break can now be formatted separately. In our example, we'll apply one-column formatting to the paragraph.
    removing the two column formatting from the paragraph
  5. The formatting will be applied to the current section of the document. In our example, the text above the section break uses two-column formatting, while the paragraph below the break uses one-column formatting.
    the separately formatted sections

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:

other break options