Add a page break in Word 2016 for Windows

Word automatically adds page breaks at the end of each page when you create a document.

If you want to add a page break somewhere else—for example, in the middle of the page so that later you can add a drawing or graphic—you can insert a manual page break.

You can also use section breaks to control the formatting of your document.

  1. Click where you want to start a new page.

  2. Click Insert > Page Break.

    The Page Break option is highlighted on the Insert tab.

View page breaks

To see where you’ve added page breaks, click Home and, in the Paragraph group, click Show/Hide.

The Show/Hide icon is highlighted on the Home tab.

Page breaks look like this:

Shows an example of a page break.

Adjust automatic page breaks

To prevent automatic page breaks from falling in awkward places, such as between lines of text you'd like to keep together, you can adjust the page break settings for selected paragraphs.

  1. Select the paragraphs you want to apply the settings to.

  2. Click Layout, and then click the arrow in the Paragraph group.

    The arrow to open the Paragraph dialog box is highlighted on the Layout tab.

  3. In the Paragraph box, click Line and Page Breaks.

    Choose one or more of the following options:

    • Widow/Orphan control places at least two lines of a paragraph at the top or bottom of a page.

    • Keep with next prevents breaks between paragraphs you want to stay together.

    • Keep lines together prevents page breaks in the middle of paragraphs.

    • Page break before adds a page break before a specific paragraph.

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