How to remove section breaks in a word document

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How to remove section breaks in a word document
You can remove section breaks in a Word document. (Goodshoot/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

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.

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  1. 1

    Open your document in Microsoft Word.

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    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.

  4. 4

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

  5. 5

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

Tips and warnings

  • 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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