How to remove all section breaks in Word?

A section break is useful when you want to change the formatting in word. It is easy to insert a section break to start a new section, but do you know how to quickly remove all section breaks in a long document? Here below are some tips for you on removing all section breaks in word 2007/2010.

Remove all section breaks one by one manually

Remove all section breaks with Find and Replace option

Remove all sections breaks using VBA

Remove all section breaks with Kutools for Word

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1. If you cannot see the section break mark showing in the document, please show it by clicking Home > Show/Hide Editing Marks.

2. Select the section break that you want to remove;

3. Press the Delete key on your keyboard.

Hold “Ctrl” key to select all section breaks one by one, and press Delete key. But it may be a pain to select section breaks one by one if the document convers 200 pages.

Note: Removing a section break will affect the formatting style, like remove the headers and footers in the section, or the text above the break will be formatted the same way as the text that was below the break.


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1. Click Home > Replace to enable this utility.

2. It will display a Find and Replace dialog. Click More>> button to show more options. See screenshot:

3. Place the cursor in the Find What field, and select the Section Break from the Special pull-down menu;

Step 4: There will be a “^b” character in the Find What field, and click Replace All.


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Running macro to remove all section breaks can keep headers and footers in the section, but if you are not good at VBA, the Macro becomes complex to understand and use.

1. Press “Alt-F11” to open the Microsoft Visual Basic for Application window;

2. Click Insert > Module, and then input the following VBA codes in the module editing window.

The VBA code of removing all section breaks:

Sub DeleSectionBreaks()
Selection.Find.ClearFormatting
Selection.Find.Replacement.ClearFormatting
With Selection.Find
.Text = "^b"
.Replacement.Text = ""
.Forward = True
.Wrap = wdFindContinue
.Format = False
.MatchCase = False
.MatchWholeWord = False
.MatchByte = False
.MatchAllWordForms = False
.MatchSoundsLike = False
.MatchWildcards = False
.MatchFuzzy = False
End With
Selection.Find.Execute Replace:=wdReplaceAll
End Sub

4. Then click Run Sub vba button to run the code, the section breaks will be removed.


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This might be the quickest way to remove all section breaks in word document. With only one click, you can immediately remove all section breaks in the whole or selection of the document.

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1. Please apply this utility by clicking Kutools > Breaks > Remove Section Breaks. See screenshot:

2. After clicking Remove Section Breaks, all section breaks will be remove from the whole document or the selected part of the document. See screenshots:

Note: From the above screenshot you can see that Kutools for Word’s Remove Section Breaks utility can remove all kinds of section breaks. And Only Kutools for Word will keep the format style after removing section breaks in the document.

For more detailed information about Remove Section Break, please visit: Remove Section Break feature description.

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Comments  

+1#hamideh2013-11-05 16:26
This is very good article, Thanks for your useful text
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+1#Jochem2013-11-20 09:36
Finally a decent article on how to find and delete the section breaks. This should be on microsoft's own page. Thanks
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+1#Dilek2013-12-13 06:36
Thanks a lot it really helped!
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+4#Marita2013-12-18 09:00
Way better than Microsoft help! Thanks, I learned something new today and could remove a very annoying section break. :-)
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+1#Stefanus2013-12-28 16:04
Thank you so much, this article saves my homework !
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+1#Umar Zubair2013-12-30 10:36
Thanks a lot. Really help full. :-)
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+2#Jay2014-01-02 23:15
Oddly enough, even though I have searched and searched, I've got an anomaly in my document where I have Footer -Section 3- and the next page is Footer - Section 4- but there is no section break on those pages to account for the section incrementing. Very frustrating.
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0#Barbara Cleveland2014-02-12 04:43
Thank you so much! I had been struggling with this for some time until I used the find and replace to remove the section breaks I din't know were there. The fix took 30 seconds. Awesome!
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+1#Janine2014-02-23 14:15
Thanks, kind souls, this helped me a lot. :) ;-)
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0#Sorin Acela2014-03-20 09:51
That is rubbish for Word 2003 users :(
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+1#Sunny2014-04-09 14:20
Thank you very much indeed! With your help, I've managed to solve a hideous problem that, for a little while, made me loose my sunny smile...thanx!
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0#Jule2014-04-10 08:41
oohh.. this is what i want, thanks for this posting.. really good !!! thanks again :D
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0#Pazhi2014-06-05 09:28
Thanks for this helpful hint.
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0#gitti2014-07-02 00:41
Useless - I'm looking for away to remove a section break without screwing up my header and footer and page formatting.
The last page of my document was intended for A3 landscape pictures with tiny margins but the parts before that were A4 portrait with specific margins, headers, etc.
If I remove the Section break (which was added last to the document), it puts the entire document on A3 landscape with tiny margins and no headers and footers.

Does anybody have an i dea how to fix it?
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