In a word processor, such as Microsoft Word, a section break splits your document's pages into sections that can have a different format or layout. For example, you could create pages that have different headers and footers.
How to insert a section break
- In Word, click the Page Layout tab.
- In the Page Layout Page Setup section click Breaks.
- Select the type of section break you want to use.
How to delete a section break
- Scroll up or down the page until you locate the section break.
- Highlight the entire section break.
- Press Delete.
Tip: If you cannot see a section break, turn on formatting marks so the break is visible.
Types of section breaks
In Microsoft Word, there are several section layouts. Below is a brief description of each of the different types of section breaks.
Similar to a Page Break, Next Page creates a break in the document to go to the next page.
Inserts a Continuous break, which starts a new section on the same page. A continuous break has the appearance of pressing Enter, however, if formatting marks are enabled, you can see "Section Break (Continuous)" were sections breaks are located.
Inserts a section break and starts the new section on the next even-numbered page.
Inserts a section break and starts the new section on the next odd-numbered page.
Layout and formatting changes
When a new section is created, any of the below layout or formatting changes can be made in the new section.
- Footnotes and endnotes.
- Headers and footers.
- Line numbering.
- Page borders.
- Page numbering.
- Paper size or orientation.
- Paper source for a printer.
- Vertical alignment of text on a page.