Word: Controlling page breaks

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Microsoft Office Word is a word-processing program with many advanced functions that will save researchers time.

In a long document, you will want to control the way the text flows from one page to the next: Word has formats which manage your page breaks.

Before embarking on a major piece of formal written work, such as a thesis, you need to master such features as styles and section breaks. Used consistently, these create a well-organised document that is easy and efficient to work on.

Word is made available as part of the Microsoft Office suite and also sold separately.


This task will give you a flavour of how Word might help in writing your thesis. This is just an example of the features which would be relevant to writing a formal document such as a thesis or a book. You can try this task on your own, although it was designed to be done in a classroom with a teacher to support you.

For this task, you will need Word (version 2010 or later) software installed on your computer. Talk to your IT support person about this.