How to Insert a Page Break in Word 2010

Last updated: March 7, 2017

It becomes necessary to know how to insert a page break in Word 2010 when you have something on a current page that you would prefer to display at the top of a new page. Whether this is a table, or the start of a new section or chapter, there are plenty of reasons why you might not want to rely on Word’s automatic method for starting new pages.

The default action in Microsoft Word 2010 is for a new page to be created when the previous page has been filled. This is fine when you are typing a regular paper or report that follows the typical Word layout but, occasionally, you will need to force Word 2010 to start a new page. This is accomplished with a page break, which is a command that you insert into your Word 2010 document that tells the program that the current page has ended, and you want to begin typing on a new page. This can be helpful in situations where a page has an atypical structure, such as a table of contents or a title page, or when you want to isolate an object on its’ own page, such as a large image. You can learn more about how to insert a page break in Word 2010 by following the procedure below.

 

How to Add a New Page in Word 2010

A page break is not a command that tells Word to skip a designated amount of space in your document, but is simply an early indicator that the current page has ended. Therefore, if you need to add information to a page in which you have inserted a page break, you can add it before the page break without altering the structure of the data that begins on the next page. The only instance where that is not the case is if you add so much information that the page break is pushed to the next page, in which case the page break will occur on that page instead, forcing the data after the break to the next page again.

 

Step 1: Open the document in Word 2010.

 

Step 2: Scroll to the page in which you wish to insert the page break.

 

Step 3: Position your mouse cursor at the point that will be the end of the page.

 

Step 4: Click the Insert tab at the top of the window.

word 2010 insert tab

 

Step 5: Click the Page Break button in the Pages section of the ribbon at the top of the window.

how to insert a page break in word 2010

 

If you want to be able to see where the page break is inserted, then you can click the Show/Hide button in the Paragraph section of the ribbon on the Home tab.

show page break word 2010

 

The page break, as well as the rest of your paragraph marks and formatting symbols, will be shown linke this –

page break formatting sample

 

As mentioned previously, you can add information to a page with a page break by entering the information before the page break.

Summary – How to insert a page break in Word 2010

  1. Click at the point in the document where you want to add the page break.
  2. Click the Insert tab at the top of the window.
  3. Click the Page Break button.

Is there a lot of unmatching or inconsistent formatting in your document? Learn how to clear all of the formatting in Word 2010 so that you can start over with default text instead of manually trying to remove every unwanted formatting element.

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