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Remove Page Breaks from Selection or Whole Document: A Step-by-Step Guide

Author: Sun Last Modified: 2024-06-05

Removing page breaks in a Word document can streamline the layout and improve document readability. Whether you're working with manually inserted or automatic page breaks, this guide covers several methods to remove them efficiently from selected parts of your document or the entire file.

Remove page breaks one by one manually

Batch remove all page breaks in a selection or the whole document

Remove or stop automatic page breaks


Video: Remove Page Breaks in Word

 


Remove page breaks one by one manually

 

If you need to remove a few specific page breaks, doing so manually is straightforward:

Step 1. Show the page breaks (Generally, page breaks are hidden)

Navigate to the Home tab, and click on the Show/Hide ¶ button to display all formatting marks, including page breaks.

Step 2. Remove page breaks

Scroll to the page break you want to remove. Select the page break line and delete it by pressing the Delete or Backspace key on your keyboard.

It is easy to use the above way to remove a page break in Word, but how to remove dozens of page breaks? It is feasible to press the Ctrl key to select all page breaks and then press Delete key, but it seems time-consuming if the document has more than 100 pages.


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Batch remove all page breaks in a selection or the whole document

 

To remove multiple page breaks from a selected area or the entire document, you can use one of two effective methods.

Using the Find and Replace feature

To remove multiple page breaks simultaneously, you can use the Find and Replace function:

Step 1. Select the contents you want to remove page breaks

If you do not select any content, the Find and Replace feature will work for the entire document

Step 2. Enable the Find and Replace feature

Press Ctrl + H to open the Find and Replace dialog box.

Step 3. Set the Find what and Replace with fields
  1. In the Find what: field, type ^m (Or click More>> button to show more options, and choose Manual Page Break in the Special dropdown) to search for manual page breaks.

  2. Leave the Replace with: field empty.

  3. Click Replace All to remove all page breaks from your selected text or the entire document if no specific selection is made.

Now, all page breaks are removed.


Using Kutools for Word’s Remove Page Breaks

With Kutools for Word, it has never been so easy to remove all page breaks in the whole or the selection of a document.

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Navigate to Kutools tab, click Breaks dropdown in the Remove group, and click Remove Page Breaks.

Note: Select contents before applying the Remove Page Breaks feature if you want to remove page breaks in a selection.

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Remove or stop automatic page breaks

If the page breaks are inserted by the Paragraph settings, neither of the above methods can remove them. To remove such page breaks, follow the steps bellow:

Tip: Automatic page breaks can be inserted by enabling the Page break before option found in the Paragraph dialog box. This setting automatically inserts a page break before every paragraph within the selected area or throughout the entire document.
Step 1. Press Ctrl + A keys to select the whole document
Step 2. Right-click to choose Paragraph from the context menu

Step 3. Untick Page break before checkbox

Under Line and Page Breaks tab in the Paragraph dialog, untick Page break before checkbox, then click OK.

Then all automatic page breaks are removed.


Understanding how to effectively remove page breaks can help maintain the aesthetic and functional integrity of your documents. Whether you choose manual deletion, batch processing through Find and Replace, or utilizing tools like Kutools, each method provides a way to achieve a cleaner, more professional document layout.

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I need help! There are these symbols on all four corners of each page on all of my word documents! They do not print, but them being there really irritates me, and I do not know how to get rid of them! Please respond if you know what they are or how to get rid of them. Thanks.
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Great. Thanks.
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My word program is not allowing me to remove an unwanted page break. I have tried both methods that is illustrated on the web. But my mouse still does not allow the cursor to highlight the line on the left of the page break. This page break came automatically when I just wished for a line of star symbols not a page break. So what have I done wrong? Why is the removal of a page break so frustrating. I believe it should be a feature that word must fix to make it more user friendly like a click on the toolbar to remove these breaks when they are not needed.
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I am doing Mail Merge with Table. But Section Break does not removed either find and replace or using KUTOOL.
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After following above guidelines to remove all page breaks from one document, now the page break line does not show when I click on "Insert" = page break. Even though it appears to "break" I need to see the line. How can I bring it back for the current and all future documents? Thank you.
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To reformat an entire document having many page breaks, I deleted them all at once following the search/replace guidelines above; however, now when I try to use the "Insert" = Page Break, the page break line does not show. How can I have it back for current and future use? Thanks.
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If you go to the end of your page. Put your cursor after the last line and Ctrl. Enter. It will insert a manual page [quote]To reformat an entire document having many page breaks, I deleted them all at once following the search/replace guidelines above; however, now when I try to use the "Insert" = Page Break, the page break line does not show. How can I have it back for current and future use? Thanks.By Myrtle[/quote] break.
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hm, I can't help, sorry.
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Excellent help. It saved me a whole lot of time.
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