When writing a longer paper, like a thesis or PhD dissertation, it makes sense to break the document down into a series of distinct chapters, each starting on a new page.\n\nYou could, of course, achieve this by simply hitting \u201cEnter\u201d a bunch of times until a new page appears. But this can make your document look untidy, since any changes you make before the break will cause subsequent text to go out of alignment.\n\nA far better option is to use Microsoft Word\u2019s inbuilt page and section breaks.\nPage Breaks\nAs the name suggests, a \u201cpage break\u201d in Microsoft Word is a break between pages in your document (sometimes life really is that simple). This \u201chard break\u201d allows you to edit separate sections of your work without worrying about text shifting around elsewhere.\n\nTo add a page break in your document, simply:\n\n \t\n\n \tPosition the cursor where you want the page break to appear\n \tUnder the \u201cInsert\u201d tab, click on the \u201cPage Break\u201d button\n\n\n\n\n\nAlternatively, you can add a page break by going to the \u201cPage Layout\u201d tab, clicking on \u201cBreaks\u201d and selecting \u201cPage\u201d from the dropdown menu. Voila!\nSection Breaks\nAdding a \u201csection break\u201d to a document allows you to apply different formatting options in different places. This can be useful if you want to use specific headers for different chapters in your dissertation, or different page numbering styles for distinct parts of a document.\n\nTo add a section break between pages, all you need to do is:\n\n \t\n\n \tSelect where you want the section break to appear with the cursor\n \tGo to the \u201cPage Layout\u201d tab and click on \u201cBreaks\u201d\n \tUnder \u201cSection Breaks\u201d in the dropdown menu, select \u201cNext Page\u201d\n\n\n\n\n\nYou can also add a section break in the middle of a page by selecting \u201cContinuous\u201d from the dropdown menu. This is handy if you want to apply varied formatting to different parts of a single page, such as splitting one half into two columns of text, but generally isn\u2019t required in an academic paper.\n\nOnce you\u2019ve added section breaks to your document, you can then apply specific formatting options (e.g., page layout, headers, footers, etc.) to particular sections as required.\nEditing Page and Section Breaks\nSince you can\u2019t usually see a page or section break (other than by the gap in the document), editing or removing them can be tricky. However, you can make page breaks visible by clicking the \u201cShow Paragraph Marks\u201d button on the \u201cHome\u201d tab in Microsoft Word.\n\n\n\nThis will make page and section breaks show up in your document as follows.\n\n\n\nYou can then select, move, delete or edit around these breaks without having to guess where they are!