Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated June 12, 2020)
This tip applies to Word 2007 and 2010
Pete is currently generating a large document (approximately 540 pages) that utilizes both portrait and landscape page orientations. There are many, many section breaks in the document, since this is necessary which switching between page orientations. Lately when he inserts a "Next Page" section break the previous section break, which was also "Next Page," automatically changes to "Continuous." Pete wonders if there is a reason why this happens and, perhaps, if there is a limit on the number of "Next Page" section breaks there can be in a document.
According to Microsoft sources, there is no limit on the number of section breaks in a document. The problem, more than likely, is that Word is trying to "second guess" what type of section breaks you want. In that case, there really is no solution, other than to double-check section break settings after adding new breaks. If you are only using "Next Page" section breaks in your document, then you can select the entire document and apply the section settings to all sections at once.
It could be, however, that your document is large enough and complex enough that it has become, in some fashion, unstable. This is not entirely uncommon with complex Word documents and it can be even more common if you are working with Track Changes or have lots of graphics or tables. If you suspect this is the case, then save the document using Save As to see if it clears matters up. If it doesn't, transfer everything in the troublesome document (except the very last end-of-paragraph mark) to a new document and then save that new document.
Finally, if you have a very complex document and nothing else seems to work, consider breaking your document into smaller documents—perhaps about 100 to 150 pages each.
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