In Microsoft Word, section breaks are used to divide a document into different parts so that each separate part can have its own unique formatting.
In this article, you’ll learn everything about section breaks including how to insert or remove section breaks from your word document.
How to remove a section break in word
To remove a Section Break in Word:
- Click on the Home tab.
- In the paragraph group, click on the Show/Hide command button, also known as Paragraph Mark (¶). Alternatively, press Ctrl+Shift+8 to show the section break line.
The section break will now become visible after clicking this command.
- Place the insertion pointer immediately before the section break.
- Press the Delete key to remove the section break from your word document.
- Click the Show/Hide command again to hide the paragraph marks.
This is how you may remove section break in Word.
The type of section break in the above screenshot is called the Next Page section break; there are other types of section breaks (will be discussed later in this article).
How to remove all section breaks in word
If you have more than one section breaks in Word, removing them one after the other can be time-consuming.
Instead, you can remove all section breaks from Word at the time.
Just follow the instructions below to remove all section breaks in Word:
- Open the document that has the section breaks.
- Press Ctrl+H to display the Find and Replace dialog.
- In the Find what: box, type ^b
- In the Replace What: box, don’t type anything there.
- Now, click on the Replace All button.
As soon as you hit the Replace All button, all the section breaks in the document will be removed.
How to create a section break in word
Before we dive into creating a section break in Word, you need to, first of all, know the various type of section breaks.
MS Word offers four different types of section breaks. And what type of break you use depends on why you’re breaking the text.
Without further ado, below are the four types of section breaks in Word:
- Next Page: This type of section break makes the new section to begin on the next page.
- Continuous: This creates a break that allows the new section to start anywhere on a page. It enables the current and next section to coexist on the same page. Some formatting cannot be on the same page, so even if you choose continuous section break in such a case, Word will forcefully push the differently formatted section onto a new page.
- Even Page: This option causes the new section to begin on the next even page. If the next page number is even, then the next section begins on that page. However, if the next page number is odd, it’ll be left blank and start the next section on the next even-numbered page.
- Odd Page: This causes the new section to begin on the next odd-numbered page. If the following page would have been even, that page will be left blank starting the next section on the next odd-numbered page.
Now that you know all the four types of section breaks, let’s proceed to how you can create one.
To create a section-break in Word, follow the steps below:
- Place the insertion pointer at the position where you want to create the section break.
NB: All the text before the insertion pointer will lie in the preceding section, and all text after the insertion pointer (if any) will be in the next section.
- Go to Layout > Page Setup > Breaks
- Click on the desired section break
Word will create a section break into your document.
These are the available ways you may insert or remove a section break in Word.