A section in Word 2007 is a part of a document that contains its own page formatting. With sections, you can direct page-formatting commands to affect only a section rather than span an entire document. With each section separate from the others, a document can have multiple formats.

In this first figure, the document has two sections. The first section is four pages long and uses Roman numeral page numbers. The second section starts on page 5, where the page number format is restored to normal but starting at page number 1.


The second figure has four sections. The first section is the cover page, followed by a regular document format. Section 3, however, contains one page in landscape format. That’s followed by Section 4, which is back to normal.


If your document is the same from head to toe, don’t fuss with sections. For anything else, sections are truly a blessing.

  • A section is basically an area in your document whose page formatting is different from or unique to the rest of your document.

  • Text and paragraph formatting, as well as any styles you may create, don’t give a hoot about sections.