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Microsoft® Word 2007 Bible by Herb Tyson

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Chapter 25. Page Setup and Sections

IN THIS CHAPTER

  • Section formatting

  • Page layout

  • Working with section breaks

  • Page borders

This chapter examines some concepts that might be a bit challenging if you're new to Word, perhaps even if you're not new to Word. Grasping these concepts, however, opens up the marvelous and potential-filled world of section formatting, which enables you to do wonderfully creative things with your documents.

To fully grasp what this chapter is about, you're going to have to make sure that you can see section breaks and other nonprinting formatting characters. Although some users think these characters are an eyesore and distract from the basic business of putting words into the computer, they should instead be viewed as flashlights that illuminate otherwise dark corners that are home to the secret and mysterious powers of Microsoft Word. Wow!

It's time to turn on those flashlights, assuming they're not already on. Looking at Figure 25.1, the upper paragraph has nonprinting formatting marks turned On, whereas the lower paragraph has them turned off. You press Ctrl+Shift+* to toggle them on and off, or click the Show/Hide (¶) button in the Paragraph section of the Home ribbon. To truly understand what's happening in this chapter, as well as what's happening in your documents, you should toggle those nonprinting formatting characters on—at least for now. From here on out in this chapter, it's assumed that you can actually see what's being talked about. Otherwise, you'll ...

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