4D Write Pro – Continuous Section Breaks

Starting with 4D v19 R3, 4D Write Pro supports continuous section breaks.

A continuous section break creates a section in its own right but without causing a page break.
This allows, among other things, to have different numbers of columns on the same page!

Insert continuous section breaks

continuous section breaks

Continuous section breaks can be used to produce documents such as the one below: 


The new section can immediately have a different number of columns than the one before it (this is the main interest of continuous section breaks) but also different margins.

On the other hand, the headers, footers, anchored images, etc. of this new section will only be taken into account when a physical page break has occurred.

Programming and Standard Action

Inserting a continuous section break can be done in many ways:

By programming via the WP Insert break command, which now supports a new value: wk continuous section break.

$selection:=WP Selection range(WParea)
WP INSERT BREAK($selection; wk continuous section break; wk replace)

By using a menu with an associated standard action: 

APPEND MENU ITEM($menu; ak standard action title)
SET MENU ITEM PROPERTY($menu; -1; Associated standard action; "insertContinuousSectionBreak")

Or even more simply, by adding a standard action to a button:


user interface

The user interface has been improved to include this new feature.


Don’t forget, the source code is available on GitHub. Feel free to adapt it to your needs!


It’s now possible to have different numbers of columns on the same page. Many other options are also available and will offer you new possibilities for the layout of your professional documents.

Roland Lannuzel
• Product Owner & 4D Expert •After studying electronics, Roland went into industrial IT as a developer and consultant, building solutions for customers with a variety of databases and technologies. In the late 80’s he fell in love with 4D and has used it in writing business applications that include accounting, billing and email systems.Eventually joining the company in 1997, Roland’s valuable contributions include designing specifications, testing tools, demos as well as training and speaking to the 4D community at many conferences. He continues to actively shape the future of 4D by defining new features and database development tools.