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How to Remove a Section Break in Microsoft Word in 3 Fast Steps

Microsoft Word has this excellent Office document feature whereby you can add section breaks to separate areas for different formatting. However, there may come a time when you may want to remove the section break, especially if you want to tie the content together on a menu. You can either do so individually or delete an entire group. We’ve found both to be extremely handy.

How to Remove a Section Break in Microsoft Word

There are different types of section breaks available in Microsoft Word, but you can remove all of them using the same process. They’re hidden by default, so you’ll need to reveal them first before you can delete them. Here’s the entire process you can follow.

Step 1: Show section break

Firstly, let’s make those section breaks appear like magic before your eyes. Click on the Home tab before heading to the formatting icon by the Paragraph area. Once you select it, you’ll be able to see all the different paragraph markings.

How to Remove a Section Break in Microsoft Word

Step 2: Delete section break

Now, place your cursor just before the insertion point for the section break. When you press the delete button, it should disappear. You might need to press it more than once for it to take effect. The formatting of the one section will now replicate that of the other.

How to Remove a Section Break in Microsoft Word

Step 3: Mass delete section breaks

If you want to remove more than one section break in Microsoft Word, you’ll need to take a different approach. Select the entire area that needs to be changed. You can then head to the Breaks section in the menu, and select “Remove Section Break”. 

How to Remove a Section Break in Microsoft Word

It’s time to take a break…away

Now that you know how easy it is to remove a section break in Microsoft Word, you can start making the changes you need to get everything just the way you want it. It’s extremely effective if you’re working on a paperback or ebook novel, or working through company reports, as a few examples.

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