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3 Ways of How to Insert a Page Break in Microsoft Word

Whether you want to add sections or indicate new chapters, in this article, we are going to explain to you how to do it by inserting page breaks.

Page breaks are special markers in Microsoft Word (MS Word) used to end a page without filling it with text. They are used to start a chapter on a new page, a common standard in publishing. To ensure that the new chapter does appear on a separate page, insert a page break immediately following the text at the end of the chapter. For example, if you’re working on a thesis/dissertation, you have to make sure the title page is separate from the signature page, i.e. inserting a page break after the graduation date on the title page.

Thus, with page breaks, you get to end the current page and add a new one to your document. While Microsoft Word (MS Word) automatically adds a break at the end of each page, you too can insert a manual page break anytime you want to start a new page in your document.

Now whether you want to add sections or indicate new chapters, in this article, we are going to explain to you how to do it by inserting page breaks. There are three ways to add page breaks; using the insert menu, the keyboard, and the layout menu.

Let’s get started:

Using the Insert Menu

Step 1: Firstly, you will have to place the cursor where you want the page break to start, then select Insert in the ribbon at the top of the window.

Step 2: Select Page Break. For Mac, select Break >> Page Break —a new page will be added to your document and the cursor will be placed at the start of the page for you to add text.

Using the Layout Menu

Step 1: Put the cursor where you want the page break to start then select Layout in the ribbon at the top of the window.

Step 2: Select Breaks.

Step 3: Select Page.

A new page will be added to your document and the cursor will be placed at the start of the page for you to add text.

Using the Keyboard

Step 1: Place the cursor where you want the page break to start, then hold down Shift+Ctrl (Windows) or Shift+Command (Mac).

Step 2: While still holding those keys, press the Return or Enter key to add a page break.

A new page will be added to your document and the cursor will be placed at the start of the page for you to add text.

Easy right? Now if you wish to undo a page break you’ve just added in Word, simply press Ctrl + Z on a PC or Command + Z on a Mac. You can also just go to Edit >> Undo or select the Undo icon in the toolbar. It looks like an arrow pointing to the left.

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