Define Document Sections

Using the Document Editor, you can partition your text into separate sections, present the text in a section in columnar format, and set different page orientations and printing for each section. A multiple section document is useful to:

  • Change the presentation and format of the text for different areas of information
  • Change between portrait and landscape orientation for different parts of the document
  • Vary the page margins from one page to another

Access Select options from the menu bar at the top of the Document Editor window, or right-click within either:

  • The 'Content' panel of the Document Template Designer or
  • The text area of the document

Create a section

Select the 'Insert | Insert Break | Section Break' menu option. This creates a new section on a new page.

The section break is represented by a dotted line; if this is not visible, click on the icon in the toolbar above the text panel.

The 'Section Break' menu option is not effective when 'Edit | Edit Page Header/Footer' is active, because editing control passes to the header and footer bands away from the body of the document.

Set section properties

Section properties apply to all the document content following the section break, up to the next section break line.

Select the 'Edit | Edit Section' menu option to display the 'Section Parameters' dialog. Complete each panel to set up the section as you require.



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Set number of columns in a section

The 'Number of Columns' field defaults to '1', to present the text as a normal page of text (effectively a single column).

To structure the text in two or more columns on a page:

  • In the 'Number of Columns' field, type the number of columns to divide the text into across the page
  • In the 'Space Between the Columns' field, type the separation of the columns, in inches
  • If you want to separate the columns with a vertical line, select the 'Line Between Columns' checkbox

When you close the dialog, the text is displayed in the selected number of  columns of equal width, across the page. The text wraps at the edge of the column and, when it reaches the foot of the page, continues at the top of the next column.

Start section on new page

If you want to insert a page break before the new section, select the 'Start Section on New Page' checkbox.

If you also want to adjust the page numbering so that the new section starts at a specific page, select the 'Restart Page Number at' checkbox and type the page number.

The section start page will often be 1, but this facility is also useful for inserting another document of a constant number of pages between, for example, an introduction and a technical section.

Set text direction

Set the direction of the text flow within the section by selecting the appropriate radio button.

Format Paragraphs

Set page orientation

Set the page orientation within the section by selecting the appropriate radio button.

Set paper size for section

Select a standard paper size for the pages of the section.

Alternatively, you can scroll down the list and select the 'Custom Size' option, and then define the page width and height, in inches.

You can also define special page margins by selecting the 'File | Page Layout' menu option.

Print Report Documents

Set paper source

The 'Paper Source' selections both default to 'Auto Select', so that the pages of the section print from whatever paper trays have paper available.

If you are printing on paper from a specific tray, or are manually feeding paper to the printer for this section, select the appropriate option. You can select different options for the first page of the section and subsequent pages of the section.

Delete a section break

Move the cursor onto the labeled Section Break line and press the Delete key.

When you delete a section break, the section properties of the preceding section now apply to the document content following the deleted line.