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Prevent Microsoft Word from Breaking Up a Paragraph

Posted by Roger Hyttinen on

By default, Microsoft Word will insert a page break whenever you reach the end of the page. This means that often, an automatic page break is inserted within a paragraph and the remaining portion of a paragraph continues on the next page. This may not always be what you want. For instance, you might have a border surrounding a short paragraph so that it stands out from the other paragraphs in your document. A page break in the middle of a bordered paragraph would appear unsightly.

Luckily, you prevent Word from inserting page breaks within a paragraph by using the Keep Lines Together feature.

Quick Guide: Keep Lines Together

  1. Click anywhere in the paragraph that you want to keep together.
  2. Click the Paragraph Dialog Launcher icon.

    Paragraph Dialog icon

  3. Click the Line and Page Breaks tab on top of the dialog window.

    Line and Page Breaks tab

  4. Click the check box next to Keep Lines Together so that it is checked.

    Keep Lines Together Checkbox

  5. Click OK

Tip: You can also click the Line and Paragraph Spacing icon on the Home Ribbon and then click Line Spacing Options to display the Paragraph dialog box.


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