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Microsoft Word 2007 | Section Break

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Learn step-by-step on how to add or remove a section break in your Microsoft Word 2007 document.

Also learn how to handle these different breaks that you can add to your documents.

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Insert a Page Break
Delete a Page Break
Dividing a Document Into Sections
Delete a Section Break

Dividing A Document Into Sections

Every document has at least one section. When you want to change page numbering schemes, headers and footers, margin sizes, and page layouts for different pages in the same document, you have to create a section break to start a new section.

Word creates a section break automatically for you when you create newspaper-style columns.

To create a new section (section break), follow these steps:

1. Click where you want to insert a section break.
2. Click the Page Layout Ribbon tab.

Click the Breaks button's drop-down arrow, and choose Next Page.

Microsoft Word 2007: Section break
3. From the Section Break Types option list choose any one of the following depending on what you want to do:
Inserts a page break as well as a section break so that the new section can start at the top of a new page (the next one).

Select this option to start a new chapter, for example.
Inserts a section break in the middle of a page.

Select this option, for example, if you want to introduce newspaper-style columns in the middle of a page.
Starts the new section on the next even page.

This option is good for two-sided documents where the headers on the left- and right-hand pages are different.
Starts the new section on the next odd page.

You might choose this option if you have a book in which chapters start on odd pages.

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Q: How do I know a section break has been inserted?

Click the Show/Hide button from the Home ribbon tab to see where the section break has been inserted into your document.

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In Print Layout view, you can tell where a section ends because Section Break and a double dotted line appear on-screen.

The Show/Hide button displays a section break.
Microsoft Word Help: Section break in Normal view

Delete a Section Break

To delete a section break in Normal View, place the cursor at the beginning of the section and press Backspace on the keyboard.

See also... Insert / Remove a Page Break
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