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

by Filonia LeChat
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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.

Step 1

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

Step 2

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

Step 3

Click the “Line and Page Breaks” tab.

Step 4

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

Step 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.

Step 6

Check the “Keep lines together” box.

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


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


  • 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.


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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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