How to Stop Next Page Content from Moving When Adding Text in Word

By Kathryn Hatashita-Lee

A manual page break helps keep content from shifting down the next page.
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When you compile multiple pages in a Microsoft Word document and want to keep content together on a second or subsequent page, insert a page break to help preserve the page layout. For example, if your second page contains a chart with a description below, this content should stay together on the layout. Changing the default page break at the bottom of a page to a manual page break will keep the next page’s elements together without shifting the contents down as you type more rows of text on the first page. When a page fills up, a new page will insert with the manual page break.

Click in the document where the text on one page ends. The cursor should insert before the next page to keep the content together.

Click the “Insert” tab on the command ribbon, and then click “Page Break” in the Pages group. As a keyboard shortcut, press and hold the “Alt” key, press “N" and then press "B."

Click the “Home” tab followed by the “Show/Hide ¶ (Ctrl+*)” button in the Paragraph group to view the marked paragraph break on the page. This mark looks like “-----Page Break----- ¶” (without the quotes). Click this “Show/Hide ¶” button again to hide the marks.

Continue entering text in the earlier section before the page break. The content following the page break will remain together. Save this document.


To remove the manual page break, click the "Show/Hide" button on the Paragraph group on the Home tab to help you view the exact placement. Click and drag on the “Page Break” line to highlight, and then press “Backspace” or “Delete.”


Information in this article applies to Microsoft Word 2013 Home and Business. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.