How Do I Force Microsoft Word to Start a New Page?

When you are creating a document in Microsoft Word, the application will typically continue adding content to the current page until it runs out of room. In many cases this is the desired result, which is why it’s the default setting in the application.

But not every case wants Word to behave in this manner, and you may find yourself in a situation where you need to start a new page before Word wants to start that page itself. One option that you may have tried to achieve this result is simply pressing Enter on your keyboard a bunch of times until you get to a new page. This can definitely work, but it can also create problems later, as you now have at least a handful of empty lines that are part of your document.

One other way to force Word to start a new page is by adding a Page Break. Our guide below will show you how to insert a page break into your document so that all of the content after the page break will start on the next page.

How to Insert a Page Break in Microsoft Word for Office 365

The steps in this article were performed in the Word for Office 365 version of the application, but will also work in most older versions of Word as well.

Step 1: Open your document in Microsoft Word.

Step 2: Click at the point in your document where you wish to start a new page.

choose where to start the next page

Step 3: Select the Layout tab at the top of the window.

click the layout tab

Step 4: Click the Breaks button, then choose the Page option.

how to force microsoft word to start a new page

Everything after where you placed your cursor in step 2 should now be on the next page.

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