Keep Lines and Paragraphs Together in Google Docs (Stop Paragraphs from Splitting Across Pages)

by Avantix Learning Team | Updated  December 9, 2020

Applies to: Google Docs (Mac or Windows)

You can keep lines and paragraphs together in Google Docs files to stop paragraphs from breaking between pages. If you want to keep a paragraph with the next paragraph, you can turn on Keep with next. If you want to keep the lines in a paragraph together, you can choose Keep lines together.

In either case, you’ll likely want to avoid inserting manual page breaks. In Google Docs, you can use Paragraph commands in the Format menu to keep paragraphs from breaking across pages.

Recommended article: Google Docs Shortcuts to Quickly Select Text

It’s important to understand some key paragraph concepts first:

  • A paragraph is anything with a hard return after it (you have pressed Enter or Return).
  • It’s best to eliminate any blank paragraphs in a long document.

Keeping lines together in a paragraph

To keep the lines in a paragraph together on the same page:

  1. In the Google Docs file, select the paragraph(s) with the lines you want to keep together.
  2. Click Format in the menu and then select Line Spacing. A sub-menu appears.
  3. Select Keep Lines Together.

Below is Keep Lines together in the Line Spacing sub-menu in Google Docs:

Keep lines together in menu in Google Docs.

Keeping a paragraph with the next paragraph

To keep a paragraph with the next paragraph:

  1. Select the paragraph(s) in the Google Docs file you want to keep with the next paragraph.
  2. Click Format in the menu and then select Line Spacing. A sub-menu appears.
  3. Select Keep with next.

Below is Keep with next in the Line Spacing sub-menu in Google Docs:

Keep with next in Google Docs to keep paragraphs together.

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You can keep lines and paragraphs together in Google Docs files to prevent paragraphs from breaking across pages. If you want to keep a paragraph with the next paragraph, you can turn on Keep with next. If you want to keep the lines in a paragraph together, you can choose Keep lines together.
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