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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 one section break manually in Word

This method will guide you to show all paragraph marks and hidden formatting symbols in the Word document, and then manually delete the specified section break easily. See the following steps:

1. Click Home > (Show/Hide Editing Marks) to show all paragraph marks and hidden formatting symbols in current document.

2. Place the cursor before the specified section break, and then press the Delete key to remove it. See screenshot:

3. For removing more section breaks, please repeat above Step 2.

One click to remove all (Page/Column/Section) breaks from selection or whole document in Word

Comparing to showing the formatting symbols and delete each break manually one by one, Kutools for Word supports a series of features to remove breaks with only one click: (1) Remove all kinds of breaks from selection or whole documents; (2) remove all page/column/section breaks from selection or whole documents.


Remove all section breaks with Find and Replace feature in Word

You can also remove all section breaks from current Word document with the Find and Replace feature in Word. Please do as follows:

1. Click Home > Replace (or press Ctrl + H keys simultaneously) to open the Find and Replace dialog box. See screenshot:

2. In the coming Find and Replace dialog box, please (1) type ^b in the Find what box, (2) type nothing in the Replace with box, and then (3) click the Replace All button. See screenshot:

3. A Microsoft Word dialog box pops out and tells you how many section breaks it has deleted. Please click the OK button to close it.

4. Close the Find and Replace dialog box.

So far, all section breaks have been removed from current document already.


Remove all section breaks using VBA

Apart from above Find and Replace feature, you can also quickly remove all section breaks from current document with VBA in Word. Please do as follows:

1. Press Alt + F11 keys together to open the Microsoft Visual Basic for Application window;

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

VBA: remove all section breaks in Word

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

3. Then click Run button or press F5 key to run the code. And then the section breaks will be removed in bulk at once.


Remove all section breaks with Kutools for Word

If you have Kutools for Word installed, you can quickly remove all section breaks from current document in bulk with only one click by its Remove Section Breaks feature. Please do as follows:

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Click Kutools > Breaks > Remove Section Breaks. See screenshot:
doc remove all section breaks 001
And then a dialog box comes out to ask for your reconfirming, Please click the Yes button to go ahead.

Now all section breaks are deleted from current document in bulk immediately.

Note: This Remove Section Breaks feature also supports to delete all section breaks from selection: (1) select the part where you will remove section breaks, and (2) click Kutools > Breaks > Remove Section Breaks.

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damn it, great post!
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Thank you so much this helped me a lot. I tried the help in word no help at all more confused then ever. I tried the help from word help page no help at all. I looked at a lot of websites and non was any help on getting rid of the page break that was messing up my header and footer they all was saying something different then what my word from 365 was showing. Then i ran across this website and you helped me in less then 1 minute and all my troubles went away. again thank you so much!
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Thank you so much!
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Loved it! This issue was driving me crazy.
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Thank you! The extra page at the end of my document was driving me crazy! Removing all section breaks made me have to move some things back into place, but it was worth it. Thank you so much for sharing!!!
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very helpful. specially removing section breaks with find and replace :lol: thanks
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Really the tips are awesome and very helpful to many word-users..........
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Really, the sections-break removing tips are awesome and very helpful to those who have a lot of section breaks in a document to be deleting....
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[quote]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.By Jay[/quote] I am encountering the same thing Jay
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thanks a lot, really helpful
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