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Reports and Long Documents
Reports and Long
Long documents are the Mount Everest of word processing: a lofty goal full of
special challenges. From research papers to marketing reports, from software
specifications to the Great American Novel, you can ease readers’ long treks by
breaking long stretches of writing into manageable chunks. Chapters and sections,
for starters, are simple ways to mark off discrete topics. A table of contents and an
index can help speed navigation. And for some documents—such as academic and
scientific papers—citations and a bibliography are a must.
Word 2010 handles lots of this heavy lifting for you, saving time and frustration.
This chapter shows you how to make your opus more manageable, with a little help
from Word.
Inserting Page Breaks
In the days of typewriters, starting a new chapter was easy: Remove the current sheet
of paper, roll in a fresh, clean one, and type the new chapter’s title on the first line.
But when a single word-processing file can easily hold an entire book, starting a new
chapter is less straightforward. Some writers keep hitting Enter until they’re at the
top of a new page. Don’t do that! If you make any changes later (adding or deleting
a paragraph, for example), subsequent chapter titles can jump around so that they’re
no longer at the top of a new page.
The easiest way to end an old chapter and start a new one is to insert a page break
between chapters. The advantage to this method is clear: the page break stays in
place, no matter how you change the text that comes before and after it. The first line
of your new chapter always appears at the top of a new page.
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