Writing your Document Tutorial 7 - Breaks

Overview

This is the seventh tutorial in the Writing your Document series. Previous tutorials in this series cover different tools you can use to write your documents, but you don't have to complete this tutorial series in any particular order.

In this tutorial you will learn all about using breaks in your document. This includes how to insert breaks and the different types of breaks that are available.

Tutorial Steps

Breaks are structural document elements that separate between other elements in the document. These include paragraph breaks, section breaks, page breaks and more.

While the most common break is the paragraph break which is inserted using the Return key, other types of breaks are used to set the boundaries of certain styles in your document, enabling you to apply different attributes to different parts of the documents.

We'll start off with a simple page break:

  1. Open the Writing your Document Demo Document practice file.
  2. Scroll down to the Breaks Auto-title.
  3. Place your cursor anywhere in the document.
  4. Choose Insert > Breaks > Page break from the menu bar.

    All the text following your cursor position should now move to a new page. This new page is using the same page style as the previous one, as you can see in the Styles tab of the Page palette.

  5. Press Cmd + Z to cancel your recent action.

Now let's make this more interesting by inserting a page style break:

  1. Choose Insert > Breaks > Page style break from the menu bar.

    All the text following your cursor position should now move to a new page. This new page can use a different style than the previous page, and you can apply different page attributes to it.

  2. Open the Page palette.
  3. Click the Attributes tab.
  4. Click the Margins and Orientation button.
  5. Click the Landscape button ().

    Note that all the pages following your page style break are now applied with the landscape orientation, while the pages before the page style break are applied with a portrait orientation.

  6. Press Cmd + Z twice to cancel your two last actions (choosing the landscape orientation and inserting a page style break).

Next we have the section break:

  1. Choose Insert > Breaks > Section break from the menu bar.

    You have just created a new section in your document, and you can apply different attributes to it using the Section palette.

  2. Open the Section palette.
  3. Click the Attributes tab.
  4. Change the value of the Count text box under Columns to 3.

    As you can see, these attributes are only applied to the new section.

Now that we have some columns, you can insert some column breaks:

  1. Place your cursor inside one of the columns.
  2. Choose Insert > Breaks > Column break from the menu bar.
  3. All the text following your cursor should move to the next column.

Lastly, let's learn how to break directionality:

  1. Scroll down to the Break Directionality Auto-title.

  2. Take a look at the Hebrew sentence at the bottom of the text. The digit 3 shouldn't come to the right of the word iPad but to the right of the Hebrew word following it to the left.
  3. Select the space between the word iPad and the digit 3.
  4. Choose Insert > Breaks > Direction Breaking Space.

    The space following the iPad now uses the direction of the Hebrew script, and the sentence is rendered properly.

What's Next?

You should now be able to insert different types of breaks into your document, to assist you in creating the exact structure and format you want.

In Writing your Document Tutorial 8 - Table of Contents you will learn how to insert a table of contents into your document.

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