Line and page breaks

You can control where Word and Outlook position automatic page breaks by setting pagination options.

Keep lines of a paragraph together on a page or in a column

  1. Select the paragraphs that contain lines you want to keep together.

  2. On the Home tab in Word, or on the FORMAT TEXT tab in an Outlook email, select the Paragraph Dialog Box launcher Button image .

  3. Select the Line and Page Breaks tab.

  4. Under Pagination, select Keep lines together.

  5. Select OK.

Keep paragraphs together on a page or in a column

  1. Select the paragraphs you want to keep together on a page.

  2. On the Home tab in Word, or on the FORMAT TEXT tab in an Outlook email, select the Paragraph Dialog Box launcher Button image .

  3. Select the Line and Page Breaks tab.

  4. Under Pagination, select Keep with next.

  5. Select OK.

Always force a page break before a paragraph

  1. Select the paragraph that you want to follow the page break.

  2. On the Home tab in Word, or on the FORMAT TEXT tab in an Outlook email, select the Paragraph Dialog Box launcher Button image .

  3. Select the Line and Page Breaks tab.

  4. Under Pagination, select Page break before.

  5. Select OK.

Control widow and orphan lines

  1. Select the paragraphs in which you want to control widows and orphans.

  2. On the Home tab in Word, or on the FORMAT TEXT tab in an Outlook email, select the Paragraph Dialog Box launcher Button image .

  3. Select the Line and Page Breaks tab.

  4. Under Pagination, select Widow/Orphan control.

  5. Select OK.

Note: This option is turned on by default.

Suppress line numbers from a paragraph or paragraphs

  1. Select the paragraph or paragraphs.

  2. On the Home tab in Word, or on the FORMAT TEXT tab in an Outlook email, select the Paragraph Dialog Box launcher Button image .

  3. Select the Line and Page Breaks tab.

  4. Under Formatting, select Suppress line numbers.

  5. Select OK.

Remove hyphens from a paragraph or paragraphs

  1. Select the paragraph or paragraphs.

  2. On the Home tab in Word, or on the FORMAT TEXT tab in an Outlook email, select the Paragraph Dialog Box launcher Button image .

  3. Select the Line and Page Breaks tab.

  4. Under Formatting, select Don’t hyphenate.

  5. Select OK.

Text box options

You can use the text box options to more tightly wrap the text that surrounds the text box. To use these options, the text box border must be transparent (no line and no fill), and the Wrap Text must be set at Tight or Through.

  1. Inside the text box, right-click, and then select Paragraph.

  2. Select the Line and Page Breaks tab.

  3. Under Textbox options, in the Tight wrap list, select one of the following:

    • All

    • First and Last Lines

    • First Line Only

    • Last Line Only

    Note: To undo changes, select None.

  4. Select OK.

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