Inserting Section Breaks in Word 2010

If you have used Word for any length of time, you are aware that there are three general types of formatting you can use for a document: page formatting, paragraph formatting and character formatting.

In general, page formatting is set only once for an entire document. That is because your paper size seldom changes in the middle of a document. There may be times when you want to use other page formatting settings, even in the middle of a document. For instance, you may want to change the top margin on a particular page, or you may want to change the way that headers or footers appear on a particular page, the way Word handles such page formatting changes is through the use of sections. A section is a portion of a document to which a certain set of page formatting properties should be applied. If you find yourself with the need to change anything having to do with page layout, simply create a new section and change the formatting for that section alone.

To Insert a New Section in Word 2010

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  1. Click the PAGE LAYOUT tab of the ribbon, and then click on BREAKS drop-down list. You'll see a list of different types of breaks you can insert.
    You can select any of the following types of section breaks:

    Next Page - This type of section break causes Word to immediately skip to the next page and begin the new section.

    Continuous - This section break causes Word to continue with the current section formatting until it makes sense to switch to the new section formatting. If the new section formatting can be applied immediately, it will be. Otherwise, it will take effect on the next page.

    Even Page - When this section break is entered, Word immediately skips to the next even numbered page, inserting a blank odd-numbered page, if necessary.

    Odd Page - This type of section break causes Word to immediately skip to the next odd numbered page, inserting a blank even-numbered page, if necessary.

  2. Select the type of section break you want and then click OK. The section break is inserted, and you can format the new section as you desire.
  3. You can always tell which section you are in by double clicking at the very top of page (to view the header area) or the very bottom of the page (to view the footer area). Just to the left of the Header or Footer is the notation HEADER -SECTION 1- and FOOTER -SECTION 1-. This means you are in section 1 of your document. If the notation is HEADER -SECTION 2- and FOOTER -SECTION 2-, you are in section 2. (You get the idea — you can have as many sections as you need in your document.)