How to remove section breaks in a word document

Updated March 23, 2017

A section break is used in a Microsoft Word document to separate formatting changes. You can use section breaks to change formatting such as margins, paper size, headers and footers, columns and page numbering. A section break controls the formatting of the text that comes before it. When you remove a section break, it removes the formatting of its section. The text will then become part of the section that follows and takes on the formatting of that section.

Open your document in Microsoft Word.

Find the section break you want to delete. The reason for deleting a section break is to remove the formatting that you have created for the section that precedes the break.

Click the "View" tab. Select "Draft." This will allow you to see the dotted line showing the section break and what type of break it is.

Click on the dotted line and drag your cursor over it so that the section break line is highlighted.

Press "Backspace" if you are using Windows. Press "Delete" if you are using Mac OS. The section break will disappear.


There are a few different types of section breaks you can remove. The Next Page break starts the new section on the next page. The Continuous section break starts the new section on the same page. It is useful for creating a layout or formatting change on one page, such as going from two columns to one column of text. Even Page or Odd Page section breaks start the new section on either the next even page or odd page. This is helpful if you want to start a new chapter in your document only on an even or odd page. To make formatting changes using section breaks, click where you want to make a change in your document. Click the "Page Layout" tab. Under the Page Setup group, click "Breaks." Select the type of section break you want to insert.

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