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Help: How to Remove a Section Break in Word?

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Working in a document you might have come across the formatting features quite often. You might have seen the basic formatting tools such as Bold, Italic, Underline, Section break, and lots more. But the thing is are you sure how to use each of these correctly? Well if you still have doubts about that this article is just for you. I’ll be talking about working with Section Breaks in Word in detail. Including What it is actually?, How to add a Section Break to your MS Word document? and also how to remove a section break in MS Word? So let’s get started. 

What is a Section Break actually?

Well, as a matter of fact, the Section Break is the most common attribute/ formatting option you’ll see in your MS word document. The section break in a Word document actually allows the users to split up the document into separate parts, that can future be formatted without affecting the rest of the document. The section breaks make it way much easier to work with a defined section only as it reduces the time consumption while searching for the part to be modified. 

Generally, the section breaks are used to change the orientation for a single page of the whole document while leaving the rest of the document unchanged. It can also be used in case you want a paragraph containing important information to stand out, by either highlighting it or changing its alignment. 

How to add a Section Break to your MS Word document? 

Knowing what Section Break is, you might be thrilled to work with it but the thing is how do you do it? Simple! Follow the steps below. 

  1. First thing first, Open (Ctrl+O) a Word Document you want to work with. 
  2. Place the cursor at the position you want to add a new Section Break.
  3. Click Layout > Breaks.
How to Remove a Section Break in Word
  1. Pick a type of section break you want to add to your document. There are generally four different types of breaks supported by Microsoft Word:
  • Next Page: starts a new section on the following page, on using these types of Section breaks.

Next Page section break command to start a new section on the next page in a Word document

  • Continuous: starts a new section on the same page. On using this type of section break you can change the number of columns without starting a new page.

Continuous section break command to start a new section on the same page in a Word document

  • Even Page: starts a new section on the next even-numbered page. Using this type of section break helps you get work done on alternative even-numbered pages

Even Page section break command to start a new section on the next even-numbered page in a Word document

  • Odd Page starts a new section on the next odd-numbered page. Using this type of section break helps you get work done on alternative odd-numbered pages.  

Odd Page section break command to start a new section on the next odd-numbered page in a Word document

How to remove a section break in MS Word?

Although the Section Breaks are pretty good enough to work with but too much of it may not be a really good thing in your document. It might so happen that a previously created section break is no longer required. Or, if you are working on a shared Word document, you may wish to remove one of the section breaks that your other teammate has added. In such cases, you might need to remove the section breaks, to remove those, follow the steps given below.

Step 1: Open the document in Word, you want to work with.

Step 2: Click on the Home tab on the menu bar. 

How to Remove a Section Break in Word

Step 3: Click the Show/Hide option in the Paragraph section of the MS Word ribbon.

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Step 4: Locate the section break in the document, that you want to delete. And click on the left side of the break, hold it down, then drag to the right end of the break to select the entire thing. 

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[Alternative way: You can place your mouse cursor at the left end of the break and try selecting the whole break thing, but some part of the break may remain even after deletion in this way.]

Step 5: Press the Delete key (not the Backspace key) from the keyboard to delete the selected section break.

I hope you now know how to work with the section breaks, how to add, and how to remove a section break in MS Word? Also, what is it actually and why do you need it. If so then share my articles and keep following our website/blog. Cheers to Sharing Knowledge!!!

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