page break before

Alternative to hard page breaks

Page break before forces a para­graph to start at the top of a new page. Visu­ally, there’s no dif­fer­ence between using the page-break-before option and typ­ing a hard page break in front of the para­graph. But that’s only effi­cient for the occa­sional para­graph.

The page-break-before option is intended to be incor­po­rated into paragraph and character styles so all para­graphs of a par­tic­u­lar style will start at the top of a new page. For instance, you might apply it to your top-level head­ing style. In a long doc­u­ment, typ­ing hard page breaks in front of each head­ing would be tedious.