Remove One or More Section Breaks in a Microsoft Word Document

Article by: Avantix Learning Team | Updated January 10, 2021

You can remove sầu a single section break or multiple section breaks in Microsoft Word in a few different ways. In order to delete section breaks, you’ll need lớn display paragraph marks or symbols. Since section breaks can be tricky lớn delete, you may have to select và delete them in a different view. Be careful when deleting section breaks as each section can have different margins, headers & footers and page orientation so deleting a section break could change all of those settings.

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Viewing section breaks

You can view section breaks in Print Layout View (the mặc định view in Word) or in Draft View. Either way, it’s best lớn turn on paragraph marks (and other non-printing characters) if you want to delete section breaks.

To view section breaks, paragraph marks & other non-printing characters in Microsoft Word:

Clichồng the trang chủ tab in the Ribbon.Cliông xã Show/Hide ¶ in the Paragraph group Paragraph marks, tabs, spacing and manual page breaks will display but will not print.

You can change between Page Layout View và Draft View by clicking the View tab in the Ribbon & selecting the required view.

Ensuring Traông xã Changes is off

You can’t delete section breaks when Trachồng Changes is turned on.

To turn off Track Changes:

Click the Đánh Giá tab in the Ribbon.Clichồng Traông xã Changes in the Tracking group.From the drop-down menu, select Traông chồng Changes to turn tracking off.

You can also press Ctrl + Shift + E khổng lồ turn off Traông xã Changes.

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Removing a section break

Section page breaks are hidden by mặc định. If you want to lớn delete a section break easily, turn on Show/Hide ¶.

To delete a break:

If necessary, clichồng the trang chủ tab và then cliông chồng Show/Hide ¶ in the Paragraph group.Double-clichồng the break to select it or drag over it.Press Backspace or Delete khổng lồ delete the break.

If you have sầu difficulty deleting a section break, clichồng the View tab in the Ribbon & select Draft in the Views group. Select the break by dragging over it và then press Delete. Return to lớn Print Layout View by clicking the View tab again & clicking Print Layout in the Views group.

Removing multiple (or all) section breaks using Find and Replace

You can remove section breaks using Find và Replace:

Click the Home tab in the Ribbon.Cliông xã Replace in the Editing group or press Ctrl + H. A dialog box appears.Cliông chồng More >> khổng lồ exp& the dialog box (if necessary).Cliông xã in the Find what box.From the Special menu, choose Section Break. The characters “^b” will appear.Clichồng in the Replace with box.Ensure there is nothing in the Replace with box by pressing Delete (multiple times if necessary).Cliông chồng Find Next.Cliông chồng Replace and then cliông chồng Find Next to lớn go to the next section break. Repeat for each section break. If you want lớn delete all section breaks, cliông chồng Replace All.

Below is the expanded Find and Replace dialog box:


Find và Replace is an extremely useful dialog box in Word. You can use it to lớn find and replace formatting, styles and other special characters.

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