How to Add or Remove Section Break in LibreOffice Writer

This tutorial explains the steps on how to add, update, and delete section breaks in your text documents in LibreOffice Writer. In my previous tutorial, I showed you how to add or remove a page break from documents.

Difference Between Page Break and Section Break

Basically, when we insert a page break in a document, the rest of the content after the break moves to a new page. However, we use section breaks when we want to format a section of content independently from the rest of the document.

Note: In LibreOffice, there’s no such term as section break. It’s simply called section. Thus, when we say adding a section break, basically it adds a section to a block of content in a document.

Insert a section in LibreOffice Writer

Before adding a section, it’s recommended to turn on some format visibility settings so that we can know where the sections are placed. Go to the View option at the top menu bar and turn the Formatting marks and Text boundaries on.

Play the video: Enabling the formatting marks and text Boundaries

Now, place your cursor where you’d like to insert the section, then Go to Insert > Section from the top menu bar. If you’re on tabbed UI navigate to the Insert tab, and select section.

Play the video: Inserting a section in a document

Updating or Removing a Section in LibreOffice Writer

Once you’ve added a section to the document, you can update or modify the section properties by placing the cursor inside an active section area in the document, then right-click and Edit Section Or, by going to Format > Sections from the top menu bar.

Access the Edit Section button.

Once the dialog window opens for section properties, you could then rename the section, hide it, or remove it altogether by clicking the appropriate button.

Rename, remove, or edit additional customization to the section.

In case you want to add columns inside the section itself, click Options and, once the dialog window opens, set the number of columns you want and then click OK. Other than that, you can also change the background color of the section from the Background tab.

Wrapping Up

Working with sections and columns is very easy in LibreOffice once you understand the basic concept behind it. In this tutorial, I’ve shown how to add or remove sections in a document. If you require further assistance, please leave a comment below.

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November 20, 2023 3:54 PM

Something isn’t working. I don’t want a page number on the book cover. Creating a section is not blocking the footer from the book cover.

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