Varying the Page Formatting in Your Document

Word automatically applies all page formatting to your entire document. In many cases, you need to alter this behavior. For example, you might want to vertically center the text on your title page, but not on the remaining pages. To make these kinds of changes, you have to divide your document into multiple sections by inserting section breaks at the appropriate spots. After you've done this, you can apply different page formatting in each section, independent of the others.

Word lets you create four kinds of section breaks:

  • Next page This section break is like a page break and a section break combined. It both breaks the page and starts a new section. An appropriate place to use a next page section break would be at the end of a title page.

  • Continuous This section break does not break the page. Once in a while, you may need to apply different page formatting on the same page. For example, if you want to format your document text in two columns , but want the title to be centered in the middle of the page, you can insert a continuous section break directly under the title. This enables you to keep the title and document text on the same page, but use the default single-column format for the title, and a two-column format for the text.

  • Even page This type of section break is most useful for longer documents that are divided into multiple parts , especially those that are bound. It forces the text in the new section to begin on the next even page.

  • Odd page This is the same as an even page section break, but it forces the text in the new section to begin on the next odd page.

It's easiest to work with section breaks in Normal view because the breaks are labeled onscreen. To insert a section break, follow these steps:

  1. Choose View, Normal if you aren't already using Normal view.

  2. Move the insertion point to the location where you want to insert the section break.

  3. Choose Insert, Break to display the Break dialog box (see Figure 6.16).

    Figure 6.16. Use the Break dialog box to insert a section break.


  4. Under Section Break Types, mark the desired option button.

  5. Click OK.

After you've inserted one or more section breaks in your document, you can use the status bar to keep track of which section you are in.

When your document has more than one section, all the formatting options in the Page Setup dialog box are by default applied to the section containing the insertion point. To apply page formatting to the entire document, change the setting in the Apply To list from This Section to Whole Document.

To delete a section break, use the same methods as the ones you use to delete manual page breaks (see the preceding section). To change a section break from one type to another, delete the old break, and then insert the new one.

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