Section Breaks 1 – How to insert a section break

Section Breaks, Part 1

Microsoft Word requires a section break when there is a change to page margins, orientation (portrait or landscape) or size, to footer contents or header contents.

How to insert a section break

Go to the Layout tab (formerly called a ‘menu’) on the Ribbon, Page Setup group (the group names are on the bottom of the Ribbon), Breaks option.

Layout - Page Setup - Breaks
Inserting a section break

The Breaks dialog box pops up, as shown below.

The Breaks dropdown list

Select the kind of break you need.


  • Go here to find out how to set page orientation
  • Go here to find out how to set page margins
  • Go here to find out how to set paper size
  • Go here to find out how to set paper layout
  • Go here to find out how to make the page numbering continuous.

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