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Breaks let you split up text in your document.

Note: To see any breaks, you must turn on the Show/Hide button in the Paragraph group on the Home tab.

Line break

Line breaks are used when you want to keep text within a paragraph, but control where the line ends. These are very useful on your title page.

To insert a line break, click where you’d like it to go in your text, and then press the keyboard combination of Shift + Enter.

Paragraph break

Paragraph breaks are what you get every time you press Enter.

The trick here is not to over-use them so you have to remember to press Enter between paragraphs. Instead, build in spacing before or after your paragraphs when you modify the styles.

Page break

Page breaks allow you to push text to the top of a new page. This is useful when you may want a chapter to begin on a new page instead of half-way down the page.

Section break

To allow for different document or page numbering formatting in a separate part of the document, use a section break. It is  recommended that you only do this once in your document, just after the preliminary section.

Inserting Landscape Pages in a Portrait Document

If you include landscape pages in your thesis there are a number steps you will need to work carefully through. The University of Aberdeen has a pdf available Working with Long Documents that steps you through this process.

We recommend, when you first try inserting landscape pages and fixing the page numbering, that you work on a copy of your document. It can also be helpful to create landscape pages (such as tables and charts), as seperate documents that you then insert into your chapter material.

If you wish to avoid landscape sections:

  • For wide charts, save them as a picture and rotate 90 degrees.
  • For a wide table, put it in a separate document, take a screenshot, insert as picture and rotate 90 degrees.