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Breaks in Word 2010

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  • Started 2 years ago by zephyr1034
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I have a very long (460 pages) document in Word 2010, specifically a draft of a novel. When I line up the chapter titles with the top of the
page, they won't stay there if I make changes to previous chapters. What kind of break do I need to separate chapters and allow me to
add or subtract text without disturbing the position of the next chapter?

I can't get a page break to work at all. The Word help screen says, "Word automatically inserts a page break when you reach the end of a
page." If that's true, why do my chapter heads keep moving around?

To insert a manual page break between pages 1 and 2, I put the cursor ahead of the first character on page 2, right? Then go to Insert on the
ribbon, then click Page Break. After I do this, it pushes page 2 down to page 3, and leaves page 2 completely blank. And no dotted lines anywhere
to tell me where the page breaks are.

These instructions look simple, and I know how to read. The answer is probably staring me right in the face, with my eyes and brain
skipping right over it.

But I'm obviously doing something wrong.

Posted 2 years ago
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As far as the manual page breaks are concerned, you need to put the cursor after the last character on page 1, press delete until the first character from page 2 appears on the following line, then insert the page break - that will put the break in correctly. You can also put the cursor after the last character on page 1 and then insert a page break, you then need to remove any white space at the top of page 2, but the end result is the same.

I don't think Word 'automatically' puts in page breaks, it just 'automatically' carries your text onto the next page when you reach the bottom - not quite the same thing.

Posted 2 years ago
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Thanks, geezer. It worked like a charm. Nowhere in the Microsoft help screens does it mention using the delete key to bring the next page up.

Posted 2 years ago

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