Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Inserting a Section Break for Formatting Purposes
It’s important to know this because paragraphs have a lot to do with
formatting. If you click the Paragraph group button on the Home tab and monkey
around with the paragraph formatting in the Paragraph dialog box, your
changes affect everything in the paragraph where the cursor is located. To
make format changes to a whole paragraph, all you have to do is place the
cursor there. You don’t have to select the paragraph. And if you want to
make format changes to several paragraphs, all you have to do is select
those paragraphs first.
Inserting a Section Break for Formatting Purposes
When you want to change page numbering schemes, headers and footers,
margin sizes, and page orientations in a document, you have to create a
section break to start a new section. Word creates a new section for you when
you create newspaper-style columns or change the size of margins.
Follow these steps to create a new section:
1. Click where you want to insert a section break.
2. On the Page Layout tab, click the Breaks button.
You open a drop-down list.
3. Under Section Breaks on the drop-down list, select a section break.
Figure 2-1 shows what the different section breaks look like in Draft view. All
four section break options create a new section, but they do so in different
ways:
Next Page: 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.
Continuous: Inserts a section break in the middle of a page. Select this
option if, for example, you want to introduce newspaper-style columns
in the middle of a page.
Even Page: Starts the new section on the next even page. This option
is good for two-sided documents in which the headers on the left- and
right-side pages are different.
Odd Page: 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. (By convention, that’s where they start.)
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