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How to use section breaks in Microsoft Word documents

When working on a lengthy Microsoft Word document, separating it into different parts makes it easier for you and your audience to navigate. Microsoft Word lets you insert document breaks and these include: section breaks and page breaks.

Whereas page breaks are a partition in the text of the document with the succeeding text automatically placed on top of the new page, section breaks have the text partitioned along with the formatting associated with it: page numbers, margins, paper size, orientation, header and footers.

Types of Microsoft Word Section Breaks

There are four types of section breaks in Microsoft Word:

The Next Page command inserts a section break and starts the new section on the next page. This type of section break is useful to start new chapters in a document.

The Continuous command inserts a section break and starts the new section on the same page. A continuous section break is useful to create format changes such as a different number of columns on a page.

The Even Page or Odd Page command inserts a section break and starts the new section on the next even-numbered or odd-numbered page. To start document chapters always on an odd or even page, use the Odd page or Even page section break option.

Using section breaks in Microsoft Word documents

Here is a quick tutorial on how to easily use section breaks in Microsoft Word:

Step 1. Open a Microsoft Word document and select where you want a new section to begin.

Step 2. Click Layout.  

Step 3. Then click Breaks.

Step 4. And, go ahead to choose the type of Section Break you want to use in your Microsoft Word document.

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