Insert a section break

Note:  If you want to delete a section break, see Delete a section break.

To insert a section break, click Page Layout, click Breaks, and then click the section break that you want to add.

page setup group

A Next Page section break starts the new section on the next page

Example of a Next Page section break

A Continuous section break starts the new section on the same page.

Example of a Continuous section break

A continuous section break is useful when you want to change the formatting, such as changing the number of columns, without starting a new page.

An Even Page or an Odd Page section break starts the new section on the next even-numbered or odd-numbered page.

odd page section break

When you want document chapters to begin on an odd page, use an Odd page section break.

Insert a column break

To change a section’s layout into columns, click Page Layout, click Columns, and then click the number of columns that you want.

For example, you can add a Continuous section break and then lay out part of a single-column page as two columns.

example of a document with section breaks

1. Section formatted as a single column

2. Section formatted as two columns

The section break is like a fence that encloses your column formatting. But if you remove a section break, the text above becomes part of the section that was below the break, and it’s formatted like that text.

Let’s look at the example in the picture above. If we remove the section break between the first and second sections, the entire document will be formatted in two columns, because that’s the formatting below the section break.

You can use sections to make (or fence in) other formatting changes on different pages in your document, including:

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