Pages - Defining Layout Breaks

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Defining Layout Breaks

In a word processing document, a layout break ends one layout and starts a new one
in which you can define different column characteristics and different layout margins.

Using layout breaks doesn’t affect the headers, footers, page numbering, or other
formatting specific to the document or section.

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To insert a layout break in a word processing document:


Place the insertion point after the word where you want to end the current layout and

change to a new layout.


Choose Insert > Layout Break.

A layout break is inserted and the insertion point is moved to the top of the next layout.
The layout following the break has the same formatting and number of text columns
as the previous layout until you change it. To change the layout attributes, click
Inspector in the toolbar and click the Layout button. In the Layout pane, set the
number of columns, and then format them.


To move the new layout to the top of a page, select “Layout starts on new page.”

When you show invisibles in your document (click View in the toolbar and then
choose Show Invisibles), a layout break symbol marks the location of the layout break.

This layout break symbol is a formatting character called an invisible. See “Formatting
Characters (Invisibles)” on page 21 for more information about invisibles.

To delete a layout break, click at the beginning of the line that follows the break and
press the Delete key.