How To Force Page Break Before Paragraph In Word

When you create your documents, there might be paragraphs that should always begin at the top of the page. One example could be that you have a certain paragraph format that you are using as section headings. Your document design needs all sections to begin at the top of a page, so now you have a method to make this happen.

There are two ways you can do this. The first is to search for each section heading and manually insert a page break before each of the sections. This can be tedious and time-consuming. It is much easier to format your paragraph so it always begins on a new page.

Force Page Breaks Before Paragraphs

Follow the steps below to learn how:

  1. Position your cursor in the section heading paragraph
  2. Be certain the of Home tab of your Ribbon is displayed
  3. At the bottom-right of the Paragraph group, click the small icon. Word will display the Paragraph dialog box
  4. Select the Line and Page Breaks tab


  1. Make sure the Page Break Before is selected
  2. Click on OK

Using page breaks before your section headings can be even more automatic if you use a style for all of your headings. All you need do is format your style so that the heading will always have a page break before it. Then, every time you use that heading style, Word will insert the requisite page break.

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