How to Rearrange Pages in Microsoft Word

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Think a page belongs somewhere else in your document? If this is the case, Microsoft Word offers a few ways to change the position of your pages. You can rearrange your pages either using the navigation pane or by cutting and pasting. We’ll show you both ways.

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Ways to change page order in Word

One way to change the page order is to use the navigation pane. With this method, you basically move the headings used in your document, which causes the content in those headings to move. Of course, for this to work, you must have heading sections in your document.

If your document doesn’t have headings, use the traditional cut and paste method to move the contents of a page from its original location to another page in your document.

Move headings in a Word document

If your document contains headings from Word’s Styles section, use this method to rearrange those headings. Technically, this doesn’t move the pages, it moves the headings, which allows you to rearrange the content of your document.

First, start your document with Microsoft Word. Then click the View tab at the top of Word’s ribbon.

Access... "outlook" tab above.

On the View tab, in the Show section, check Navigation Pane.

activate "navigation pane."

On the left side of Word you will see the “Navigation” pane. Click the Headings tab at the top to view your document’s headings.

Choose "headlines" Tab.

The Headings tab shows you all the headings used in your current document. To move a heading, simply drag it with your mouse or trackpad and drop it where you want it. Do this for each heading you want to rearrange.

Word moves the content to the selected heading.

Tip: To quickly undo your changes, press Ctrl+Z on Windows or Cmd+Z on Mac.

Drag and drop a heading.

When you’re done, don’t forget to save the changes by clicking File > Save.

Enjoy working with your rearranged Word document!

Change page order with cut and paste in Word

If your document has no headings or you don’t want to rearrange the pages using headings, use the cut and paste method as follows.

First, open your document in Microsoft Word. Then access the page in the document that you want to move.

Select any content on the page that you want to move elsewhere. You can use your trackpad, mouse, or even your keyboard to make the selection.

Then cut the content by right-clicking on the selected text and choosing Cut.

Choose "Cut" from the menu.

Find the spot in your document where you want to paste the content you just cut. Place your cursor where you want your content to start, right-click and select Preserve Source Formatting.

You have successfully moved your content from one page to another in your document. Enjoy!

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