How to Stop MS Word From Pushing Sentences to a New Page

by Filonia LeChat

Microsoft Word is so ingrained in communication that you may simply open the program and work with it on autopilot to create documents. But occasionally, Word has a little too much autonomy and performs functions you don’t want it to, such as wrapping paragraph sentences onto a new page. You only have to configure a few things behind the scenes in Word to stop that line push.

1

Launch Microsoft Word and click the Home tab if it is not already enabled.

2

Click the small arrow in the bottom right corner of the Paragraph section of the tab’s ribbon to open the Paragraph window.

3

Click the “Line and Page Breaks” tab.

4

Uncheck the “Widow/Orphan Control” box, which is usually checked by default.

5

Uncheck the “Keep with next” box if it is checked. This is one function that tells Word to push those sentences to the next page.

6

Check the “Keep lines together” box.

7

Click the “OK” button to close the window and return to the document.

Tip

  • Word does not remember these settings, so you’ll need to repeat the process each time you want to stop the paragraph and line spillover.

Warning

  • These instructions apply to both the 2013 and 2010 versions of Microsoft Word.

About the Author

Fionia LeChat is a technical writer whose major skill sets include the MS Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Publisher), Photoshop, Paint, desktop publishing, design and graphics. LeChat has a Master of Science in technical writing, a Master of Arts in public relations and communications and a Bachelor of Arts in writing/English.

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