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How to Add or Delete Page Breaks in LibreOffice Writer

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Page breaks are essential for formatting your document how you want it, especially when dealing with lengthy reports, essays, or content where you need precise control over page layout. This article will guide you through adding and deleting page breaks in LibreOffice Writer.

What is a page break?

Let’s understand what page breaks are and why they matter. A page break is a marker that tells LibreOffice Writer to start a new page from that point onwards. It’s crucial when you want to control where your content begins and ends on a page, ensuring your document looks neat and professional.

Add Page Breaks in LibreOffice and OpenOffice

  • Open the Writer document and put the cursor where you want to add page breaks.
  • From the LibreOffice menu, select Insert > Page Break. If you are using LibreOffice tabbed UI, go to the Insert tab and select page break.
  • From the OpenOffice menu, select Insert > Manual break.
  • And you should see a page break is added to the cursor position.
Page break option in Tabbed UI
Page break option in Tabbed UI
Page break option in LibreOffice Writer
Page break option in LibreOffice Writer
Page break option in OpenOffice Writer
Page break option in OpenOffice Writer
Page breaks added in LibreOffice Writer
Page breaks added in LibreOffice Writer

Keyboard shortcuts for page breaks

  • For the manual breaks, the keyboard shortcut is CTRL + ENTER.
  • For manual row break, press SHIFT + ENTER.
  • For column break, press SHIFT + CTRL + ENTER.

Deleting Page Breaks

In LibreOffice, put your mouse slowly to the “blue dotted” line which denotes a page break.

You should see a small icon; click on it.

You will find the “Delete page break” option to delete it.

Deleting a page break
Deleting a page break
Delete a page break in LibreOffice
Delete a page break in LibreOffice

For those who want to find/replace all page breaks, use this extension.

Conclusion

In LibreOffice Writer, adding and deleting page breaks helps you to create well-structured and visually appealing documents. By following the steps outlined in this article and adhering to best practices, you can easily add/remove page breaks and enhance the overall readability of your content.

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