Breaks in Word 2007 – Page, Column, Text Wrapping and Section Breaks

Need to break up you document to make it more… presentable?  Breaks have been a part of Word for a long time, but where are they and what do they do in Word 2007?

“Page Layout” -> “Page Setup” Group -> “Breaks”.  Still can’t find them, the screenshot below will help.

What is a Page Break?

A page break will force everything after the break onto a new page.  Word 2007 describes it as “marking the point at which one page ends and the next page begins.”

What is a Column Break?

A column break will force everything after the break into the next column. 

What is a Text Wrapping Break?

Specifically for webpages and blog entries, a text wrapping break separates text around objects, such as caption text from body text.

What is a Next Page Section Break?

A next page section break firstly marks a section break in the document (which are very important when working with headers, footers, and other page formatting features), and also starts a new page, just like a page break.

What is a Continuous Page Section Break?

Same as the Next Page Section Break, except it does not begin a new page.

What is an Even Page Section Break?

An even page break is just like a next page section break, except that it will start a new section on the next even-numbered page.

What is an Odd Page Section Break?

Again, just like a next page section break, or an even page section break, except that it will start a new section on the next odd-numbered page

Why use an Odd or Even Page Section Break?

Good question!  Odd and even page breaks come in very handy when you are printing a booklet, and you want the next section to begin on the left hand page (even) or the right hand page (odd) when the booklet is open.  For example, if you are writing a book, and you want all your chapters to begin on the right hand page when someone is reading it, you can use an odd page section break to begin your new chapter.

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4 thoughts on “Breaks in Word 2007 – Page, Column, Text Wrapping and Section Breaks

  1. How do you format columns so that they continue to the next page rather than to the next column. I need four columns with different information in each column.

  2. I have finally found the answer, in Word 2007 you click the Table tab, then Insert Table. Choose how many columns you want then click ok. Right click with the cursor inside the table and on the menu that comes on, next to Autofit, select Fixed Column Width. If you don’t do this last thing, the line dividing the columns will resize as you fill up the first line of one of the columns

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