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how the second page in the document is numbered as page 1? Again, that’s because the page
numbering applies only to section 2.
In Example 3, there are three sections in the document. The first and third sections sport the same
formatting; the second section was created so that page 6 could be presented in landscape
When your document demands a change in page formatting, similar to the one shown in Figure
14-1 , you use Word’s section commands to make it happen.
A section is basically a chunk of your document where page formatting can be different from,
or unique to, the rest of your document.
Text and paragraph formatting, as well as any styles you may create, don’t give a hoot about
sections. Sections affect only page formatting. See Chapter 13 for more information on page
Creating a section
Most often, a new section begins on a new page. It’s called a section break, and it’s similar in
appearance to a page break. The difference is that the new section can sport its own formatting.
To create a new section in your document, heed these steps:
1. Position the toothpick cursor where you want the new section to start.
Click the mouse where you need to begin a new section, similar to creating a new page break.
2. Click the Page Layout tab on the Ribbon.
3. Click the Breaks button.
The Breaks button is found in the Page Setup group. Upon clicking that button, you see a menu
with seven items. The last four items are various section breaks.
4. Choose Next Page from the Breaks button menu.
A page break is inserted into your document; a new section has started.
After the section is created, you can then modify the page layout and format of each section in your
The new section looks like any old page break on the screen, but it’s not. To confirm
which section is which in your document, you can direct Word to display the Section
indicator on the status bar: Right-click the Status bar and choose the Section item from the pop-up
menu. The word Section appears on the far-left end of the status bar, followed by the current
section number.
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