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 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.
- Next Page: This option inserts a section break and moves text after the break to the next page of the document.
- Continuous: This option inserts a section break and allows you to continue working on the same page.
- Even Page and Odd Page: These options add a section break and move the text after the break to the next even or odd page. These options may be useful when you need to begin a new section on an even or odd page (for example, a new chapter of a book).
To insert a section break:
In our example, we'll add a section break to separate a paragraph from a two-column list.
- 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.
- 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.
- A section break will appear in the document.
- 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.
- 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.
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:
- Column: When creating multiple columns, you can apply a column break to balance the appearance of the columns. Any text following the column break will begin in the next column. To learn more about how to create columns in your document, visit our lesson on Columns.
- Text wrapping: When text has been wrapped around an image or object, you can use a text-wrapping break to end the wrapping and begin typing on the line below the image. Review our lesson on Pictures and Text Wrapping to learn more.