Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Controlling Page Breaks
Aligning Content Vertically Between Margins
I f you are creating a page—perhaps a cover page—that doesn’t have a lot of content,
and you want that content to be vertically aligned in a specific way on the page, you
can let Word help you with the positioning.
To control the vertical alignment of your content, display the Page Setup dialog box,
then on the Layout tab, click the Vertical Alignment arrow and select an alignment
option. By default, the vertical alignment is set to Top. You can choose among Top,
Center, Justified, or Bottom.
Word aligns the page content based on your selection. For example, if you click Center,
Word centers the contents of the page between the top and bottom margins. If you
choose Bottom, Word aligns the page contents with the bottom margin and places
any extra space at the top of the page, above the content. This little trick can help you
create cover pages, section dividers, and posters that always have content positioned
no matter how many words—or how few—you include on the page.
My document includes unwanted breaks.
If your document is breaking at odd places or including unwanted blank pages, chances
are that the underlying problem lies with your printer. What looks perfect on one
computer might look much different when viewed on another computer or if you print the
document using a printer other than the one you normally use. Perhaps you inserted
manual page breaks to control document pagination—for example, inserting a manual
page break to keep paragraphs together on the same page or keep a table or figure
together with its caption. If you’ve ever used this method, then chances are you’ve
encountered the ongoing battle of deleting and reinserting manual page breaks.
Instead of using manual page breaks, you can use pagination formatting instead.
Pagination formatting allows you to specify which paragraphs need to stay together on the
same page or whether all lines of a paragraph need to remain on the same page. By
using pagination formatting, you can make sure the pages break just where you want
them to without a lot of fuss and bother.
So to resolve this problem, first locate and delete the unwanted manual page or
section breaks. You might need to turn on the formatting marks view to see where these
breaks are located. To do so, on the Home tab, in the Paragraph group, click Show/Hide
in the Paragraph group.