How to insert a page break in Microsoft Word and OO Writer

Updated: 02/27/2019 by Computer Hope
Tip

Most Word processing programs, including Microsoft Word and OpenOffice, support the Ctrl+Enter shortcut key combination to insert a page break. If this shortcut key combination doesn't work or you want more break options, follow the steps below.

Microsoft Word users

To insert a page break while in Microsoft Word, follow the steps below.

Microsoft Word 2007 and later

  1. Click on the Insert tab.
  2. Select the Page Break option. After inserting the page break, your cursor should be placed on the next page.

Microsoft Word 2003 and earlier

  1. Click Insert in the top menu. If you do not see the top menu, press the Alt key.
  2. Select Break from the drop down.
  3. Select Page Break and click OK. After the page break is inserted, you should see a Page Break line similar to the example below or be on the next page depending on how your viewing your document.

Page break in Microsoft Word.

OpenOffice Writer users

To insert a page break in OpenOffice Writer, follow the steps below.

  1. Click Insert on the file menu.
  2. Click Manual break.
  3. Select Page Break and click OK.