Tech Tuesday: Formatting Fairy Series, Part 4

Each Tuesday, pleasureinlearning brings you Tech Tuesday.  Come back each week for more ways to become efficient and effective in your use of technology. 


This article is part of a multi-part visit from the Formatting Fairy.  Read on to see how to exorcise those Formatting Demons.  Comment and tell us about your Formatting Demons.

Now that we’ve talked about some of the basics, here is your first advanced trick from our friendly Formatting Fairy.

Back in my post on the Best Two Formatting Buttons in Word I wrote about how to use the manual page break functionality to break a document into more than one page.  Sometimes Word elects a page break at an inopportune place, like between a heading and the paragraph it precedes.  In this case a manual page break isn’t the right solution because you don’t want it to force that heading to a new page.  In the event that you edited text above the paragraph, you could end up with some very awkward formatting.  Instead, you want to force the heading to stay with its paragraph.

Heading Separated From Paragraph

To accomplish this you must have your cursor in the heading paragraph.  Then, open the paragraph dialog box by following the directions from last week. Flip over to the Line and Page Breaks tab and check the box for Keep with next.

Keep with Next

Now your heading and paragraph will stay together.

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