Add a page break in Word for Mac

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.

    On the Home tab, Page Break is highlighted

View manual page breaks

If you want to see where you’ve added page breaks, on the Home tab, click Show Editing Marks.

On the Home tab, Show Editing Marks is highlighted

Page breaks look like this:

Page break example

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. On the Format menu, click Paragraph.

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

    Paragraph dialog box with Line and Page Breaks highlighted

    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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