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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. Click for 60-day free trial!

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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This is very good article, Thanks for your useful text
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Very Helpful. My Problem solved.
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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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Thanks a lot it really helped!
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Way better than Microsoft help! Thanks, I learned something new today and could remove a very annoying section break. :-)
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Thank you so much, this article saves my homework !
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Thanks a lot. Really help full. :-)
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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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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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Thanks, kind souls, this helped me a lot. :) ;-)
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That is rubbish for Word 2003 users :(
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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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oohh.. this is what i want, thanks for this posting.. really good !!! thanks again :D
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Thanks for this helpful hint.
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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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I found the solution myself. Go into the header / footer function. Unlink headers and footers from the previous pages - starting at the BACK of the document working your way forward. Once everything is unlinked, you can remove section breaks without screwing up your header. However, to get changes from A4 to A3 or from portrait to landscape you will still need to make sure you have section breaks (not page breaks) before / after the odd formatted page.
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Worked like a charm. Thank you so much for finding this method and sharing it with the community!
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I need to add different sentences on different pages in the footer of my document. How do I enter them individually without repetition? How do I format my document? Thanks in advance for your assistance
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The Find-and-Replace method worked far better than anything Microsoft had when I Googled "How do you delete section breaks in Word 2013." Thanks for posting this help.
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Good question, require help with this also.
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It really saved my time and ink since I have been printing the wrong pages because of this section thing. Thanks
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Thank you so much. This really helped!!
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Thankyou, simple explanation that saved a lot of time.
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God bless you! I have been trying to delete these danged things for years. Your page is pure bliss!!
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