Soft and hard page breaks

Word automatically paginates a document as you enter text. When a paragraph cannot fit on a page, the text is continued on the next page. The page break that is created when text wraps and flows onto the next page is called a 'soft' page break.

At times, you may want to exert more control over pagination, which you can do by inserting a 'hard' page break, also called a 'forced' page break.

You can insert a page break by following these steps:

  1. Position the insertion point where you want the break to occur.
  2. Choose Insert → Break.
  3. Select Page Break.
  4. Click OK.


  • You can also insert a page break by pressing Ctrl+Enter.
  • Page breaks are hidden formatting characters that can be displayed by turning on hidden characters. Click the Show/Hide Paragraph Marks button. Show/Hide Paragraph Marks button
  • To delete a page break, position the insertion point after the page break, where the new page begins, and press Backspace. If the page break is visible, you can also select it and press Delete.
Whenever possible, you should avoid entering hard page breaks in a document. Consider, instead, using Paragraph formats such as Page Break Before or Keep With Next.



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