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Welcome to Lesson 3 of the Advanced Microsoft Word Tutorial. In this lesson we will cover breaks. I hope you enjoy the lesson.

Types of Section Breaks

Step 1: Overview

There are four types of section breaks available in Word. This tutorial discusses each type and offers and example of when each could be useful.

Step 2: Next Page

Use Next Page when you want the section to start on a new page. This is essentially a page break that allows you to start a page with new formatting.

Step 3: Continuous

Use Continuous went you want to have multiple formats on the same page. You could use this for instance, when placing a wide table on a page. You could have one section of the page with your regular margins and one with wider margins to accommodate the table.

Step 4: Even Page

Word forces a page break if needed to make the section start on an even page. This could be useful, for example, to have an illustration appear on the left-facing page and the related text appear on the right.

Step 5: Odd Page

Word forces a page break if needed to make the section start on an odd page. This could be useful for forcing a new chapter to start on a right-facing page.

Step 6: Other Types of Breaks

In addition to the types of breaks defined previously, you can also insert a plain page break. This type of break keeps the layout of the previous page. The other type of break is a column break, which allows you to insert a page break when using Word's column feature.

Use Section Breaks

Step 1: Overview

There are two ways to insert section breaks into a document. You can use the Section Breaks dialog box or the Page Setup dialog box. This tutorial will discuss both ways and also explain how to view a page break in a document.

Step 2: Section Breaks Dialog Box

Click Insert and select Break in the menu bar. The Break dialog box opens. There are four different types of breaks as explained in the previous tutorial in this series.

Step 3: Selecting a Break

Click the option button next to the type of break you want and click OK. Word inserts the break at the location of your cursor.

Step 4: Inserting a Page Setup Break

You can also insert a page break from the Page Setup dialog box. Click File in the menu bar and select Page Setup. Note that this item may be hidden. If so, you will need to click the down arrow at the bottom of the menu to reveal it. The Page Setup dialog box opens

Step 5: Altering the Format

From this dialog, you can alter the format by clicking each tab and making changes. Notice the Apply to drop-down list in the bottom right-hand corner of each tab. Here you can select whether you want to apply your formatting changes to the entire document or from this point forward. You should choose the latter to apply the format from the section break forward.

Step 6: The Layout Tab

You can select a section break type from the Layout tab in the Page Setup dialog box. If you select This Point Forward from the Apply to drop-down list as explained in the previous step, the Section Start drop-down automatically selects a New Page break so that the break starts on the next page. You can leave this default or make another selection from the list.

Step 7: Saving Your Changes

When you are finished altering the format, click OK to return to the document. You can restore page layout defaults by clicking the Default button at the bottom of each tab.