The Sections Panel of the Control Board
The Sections panel displays with a click on the third button on the top toolbar of the Control Board:
You can use the Sections panel to control the formatting of document sections. It displays all the properties of each document section, and allows to adjust them.
The Sections panel is divided up into 2 different boxes. The top box lists the sections in the active document:
As you navigate through the document window with the keyboard or mouse and go through the various document sections, the current section number is automatically highlighted in that Sections box.
To bring a section into view in the document window, you can double-click the section name in the Sections box.
When a section number is selected (highlighted) in the top Sections box, the larger box below displays the corresponding Section properties:
The properties of a document section normally include Breaks, Page Settings, Columns Settings, Page Numbering, and Headers/Footers. Each of these categories can be expanded or collapsed to reveal or hide the corresponding properties. This can be done in 2 different ways:
- You can click the plus/minus sign on the left of each category.
- You can also double-click the category name directly.
The first set of properties - Breaks - is available only if the document contains more than 1 section. New sections are created by inserting section breaks. The Sections panel gives the details about the type of break before and after the highlighted section. To change a section break type, click the break hyperlink in the Section properties box:
The second set of properties - Page Settings - shows the page settings currently defined for the section highlighted in the Sections box above. The section page settings can be also adjusted by clicking the hyperlink of interest among the various Page Settings:
The Page Settings category always shows the page settings currently defined for the section highlighted in the Sections box above.
However, when a continuous section break is found before a section, the pages of that section do not display in the document window with the page settings defined for that section. That section automatically displays with the page settings of the nearest section above it which does not have a continuous section break before.
Note. When the nearest section above is the first section in the document, it obviously has no section break before of any kind. Its page settings are used all the same.
In other words, continuous section breaks do not allow sections to display with their own page settings. If you want sections to display with their own page settings, you have to use a break type before that is not continuous.
When a section does not display with its own page settings because of a continuous section break before, this is clearly indicated in the Page Settings properties displayed in the Section properties box:
The third set of properties - Column Settings - shows the column settings of the section highlighted in the Sections box.
You can click the hyperlink to change the section column settings.
The fourth set of properties - Page Numbering - shows the page numbering settings currently defined for the section highlighted in the Sections box:
As you might know, "Current page number" fields can have no explicit number format (Arabic, Roman, etc). Such fields are created when you choose "Use Default Numbering" in the "Insert | Field..." dialog:
So when a field for which no number format has been specified is included in a section text or header or footer, it displays with the default number format of the host section. The Page Numbering category shows the current "Page Numbering" properties of the section highlighted in the Sections box. You can click the hyperlink to change the section "Page Numbering" properties. You can also specify the starting number used on the section first page.
The fifth set of properties - Headers/Footers - shows all the section header/footer settings:
Up to 6 individual headers and footers can be created and displayed on the different pages of a section (first page, odd and even pages). Using the Sections panel, you can create any type of header or footer, you can view and edit them in the document window, and, if desired, you can delete them.
1. Headers and footers can be part of a section properties even when the corresponding pages do not exist in the document window. For example, an Even Page header can be available for a section which no longer includes a single even-numbered page. Even then, such headers or footers can be viewed using the Sections panel. Note that such headers or footers are not viewed in the document window, but in a special window.
2. When a section does not have its own header or footer of a particular type, it uses the corresponding header or footer of the first section above it for which such a header or footer has been defined. The Sections panel shows such information:
Finally the sixth set of properties displays the footnote/endnote settings of the section highlighted in the Sections box:
The toolbar at the bottom of the Sections panel includes the following commands:
Insert section break
Displays a menu allowing to choose a type of section break which should be inserted to the current caret position in the document. By inserting section breaks, you create new sections in the document. A new section is created with all the properties of the section which was current in the document before you clicked the Insert section break command. The only exception is the headers/footers: a newly created section initially has no own headers or footers.
Entirely removes the section highlighted in the Sections box so that the properties of other sections do not get affected.
Merge highlighted and previous section
Sections can be merged simply by removing the corresponding section breaks in the document. But it is recommended that you use these two commands of the Sections panel for merging neighboring sections. The Merge highlighted and previous section and Merge highlighted and next section commands not only delete the corresponding section break but also ensure that the resulting section will have all the required properties. When a section is merged with the next or previous section through any of these two commands, it becomes and integral part of the target section and automatically uses its properties.
Merge highlighted and next section
Select section in the document window
The section highlighted in the Sections box, gets entirely selected in the document. You can copy a selected section to the clipboard in order to insert it to another document or to another place of the active document. You can also format the selection in any desired way.