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Formatting your Thesis and Dissertation:Tools,Tips and Troubleshooting

Inserting and Disconnecting Page Breaks and Section Breaks

Page Breaks/Section Breaks

For page breaks, place the cursor at the end of the text before you want to insert the page break, and then click on Page (Go to Layout ribbon – then open Breaks – select Page).



For section breaks, place cursor at the end of the text before you need the section break and click Next page. Section breaks are used at the end of chapters or other parts of the document that require individual formatting.

Section breaks also allow putting different text and different types of page numbering in the headers and footers for different sections.

Disconnecting Sections

  1. Click in the first page of the new section. On the Insert Ribbon, in the Header & Footer Group, click on the arrow below the Header icon and select Edit Header.
  2. In the Header & Footer Tools Design Ribbon, in the Navigation Group, unlink this section’s Header from previous sections’ headers by clicking the highlighted Link to Previous icon.
  3. Click on the Go to Footer icon and repeat step 2.
  4. Scroll down to the first page of the next section and repeat steps 2 and 3 for this section.

You have disconnected the headers and footers in the sections prior to and following the current section of pages.  This will prevent any changes you make to the page numbers on the landscape pages from affecting the numbering on other pages.