Working with Page Breaks

This article explains how to create page and section breaks.

To learn about adding page numbers within a header or footer, read the article Headers and Footers Basics.

Page Breaks

Page breaks can be either soft or hard. Soft page breaks occur naturally when a page is full. Hard page breaks are created manually. You can use hard page breaks within sections to move content to a new page or set them at the end of sections so that each section begins on a new page.

Sections Breaks

To create a hard page break within a section, you can open the Insert menu and select Page Break. A page break indicator and a dashed line will appear between the pages. Click on the red button with a white X that appears next to the page break indicator to remove it.

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Page Breaks at the End of Sections

Hard page breaks can also be entered at the end of a section of a document, either by right-clicking on a section and choosing Section Properties or by clicking the green button in the section break region.

Clicking the green button in the section break region is a simplified method of enabling a page break at the end of the section. Doing so enables the same option in the Section Properties window as the previous method but does not require opening the Section Properties window.

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Opening Section Properties will take you to a dialog box where you can select Insert page break at the end of this section. This will ensure that the next section starts on a new page. Section breaks are the same as hard page breaks except they are located at the end of each section.

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Ignore Page Breaks for EDGAR

You can select Ignore page breaks before the end of this section for EDGAR if you want page breaks to be ignored for that section only when the document is Edgarized. This will keep the section contents on one page for EDGAR.

NOTE: If you select Ignore page breaks before the end of this section for EDGAR, you must set an explicit starting page number on the following section to avoid page number discrepancies.

Forced Section Breaks

Another type of page break is the forced section break. This occurs automatically when sequential sections have different page sizes or orientations. Page sizes and orientation are controlled from the Section Properties dialog box. See Formatting Unique Document Sections for more information on settings in the Section Properties dialog box.

The information icon provides a tool tip reminder of the reason for a forced section break.

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Previous and Next Sections

Depending on where page breaks land in each section, some content from a previous or proceeding section may share a physical page. In the case of sections sharing a physical page, gray boxes will sit above or below the current section content to indicate where the previous or next section takes up space on the current page.

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By double-clicking on the gray boxes for either the previous or next section you will be re-directed to that specific section instantly.