How to Get Rid of Section Breaks in Word!

How to Get Rid of Section Breaks in Word!

What is a Section Break?

In Microsoft Word, a section break is a tool to split your document pages into different sections. These sections can be customized with different formats and layouts. You can create pages with different headers and footers. There are several types of section breaks such as the next page, continuous page, even page, and odd page. Section breaks are useful to customize the content and categorize different sections/content. But many times situations arise where you want to write content without a section break to maintain uniformity in the format and layout of the content. Thus, there are various Ways to Get Rid of Section Breaks in Word. But before going through all those ways, let’s first understand the uses of section breaks.

How to Get Rid of Section Breaks in Word!

Formatting and Layout Changes made in a section break:

If you have started Microsoft Word recently for some of your breaks and you are wondering what exactly section breaks are used for, then you should continue reading this article. As we mentioned above section breaks are used for categorizing content and creating sections in the document. There are several formatting and layout changes which can be made to the new section once you use the section break option.

These formatting and layout changes include footnotes, endnotes, headers, footers, columns, line numbering, page border, margin, vertical alignment of text, paper size, a paper source on a printer, etc.

Ways to Get Rid of Section Breaks in Word:

Microsoft Word has several tools to make your experience easy while using it and to help you customize the content as much as possible. Microsoft Word allows you to format your content on three levels. That is through sections, paragraphs, and characters. Many people don’t want to use the section break and thus they search for ways on how to remove section break. Well, we have provided a step-by-step guide on how to delete a section break.

Step 1: Open the document in Microsoft Word from which you want to delete the section break.

Step 2: If section break is visible in your document then simply click on it and delete it. If it is not visible then click on the home button.

Step3: Click on the show/hide button. This will make section breaks visible in the document.

Step4: Simply locate the section break on the page. Click on the section break and simply click the delete key.

By following this simple step-by-step guide you can remove section break from your Microsoft word document.

If you want to add back the section break in some part of your document then you can simply go to the layout tab, choose the break button, and then choose the desired type of break. 


When you delete a section break, Word combines the text before and after the break into one section. The new combined section will use the formatting from the section that followed the section break.

If you want the section to use the formatting, headers, or footers from before the section break, use Link to previous instead of removing the section break.

Barry Beannew

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