How to Rearrange Pages in Microsoft Word


Think a page belongs to another part of your document? If so, Microsoft Word offers a couple of ways to change the location of your pages. You can rearrange your pages using the navigation pane or cut and paste. We will show you both ways.

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Ways to Change Page Order in Word

One way to change the order of the pages is to use the navigation panel. With this method, you basically move the headings used in your document, which moves the content of those headings. Obviously for this to work you need to have header sections in your document.

If you don’t have headers in your document, use the traditional cut-and-paste method to move the content of one page from its original location to another page in your document.

Move headings in a Word document

If your document has headings from the “Styles” section of Word, use this method to rearrange those headings. Technically, this doesn’t move the pages, but it does move the headers, allowing you to reorder the content of your document.

To get started, start your document with Microsoft Word. Then, on the Word ribbon at the top, click the “View” tab.

Access the tab "Watch" on top.

On the “View” tab, in the “Display” section, enable the “Navigation Pane” option.

Activate the "navigation pane".

On the left side of Word, you will see the “Navigation” panel. Here at the top, click on the “Headings” tab to see the titles of your document.

Select the tab "Headers".

In the “Headings” tab, you will see all the headings used in your current document. To move a header, simply drag it with your mouse or trackpad and drop it at the desired location. Do this for each header you want to rearrange.

Word will move the content in the selected header.

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

Drag and drop a header.

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

Enjoy working with your rearranged Word document!

Change page order with cut and paste in Word

If your document doesn’t have headers, or you don’t want to rearrange pages using headers, use the cut and paste method as follows.

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

On the page, select all the content that you want to move to another place. You can use your trackpad, mouse, or even keyboard to make the selection.

Then cut the content by right-clicking on the selected text and selecting “Cut”.

choose "Cut" on the menu.

In your document, locate where you want to paste the content you just cut. Place your cursor where you want your content to start, right click there and select “Keep Source Formatting”.

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

And this is how you change the layout of the pages in your Microsoft Word documents. Very useful!

Don’t like when Word splits your paragraph between pages? If so, there is a way to fix it, as explained in our guide.

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