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How to remove all column breaks in Word?

It is easy to remove a column break in word, but not everyone knows how to quickly remove all column breaks in a long document. This tutorial is going to tell you several methods for removing all column breaks in word document.

Remove all column breaks one by one

Remove all column breaks with Find and Replace function

Remove all column breaks using VBA

Remove all column breaks with Kutools for Word

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1. To show column break marks in the document, please click Home > Show/Hide Editing Marks as shown in the below screenshot.

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

3. Press the Delete key on your keyboard.

Hold “Ctrl” key to select all column breaks one by one, and press Delete key. But selecting column breaks one by one is arduous and painful if the document covers more than 200 pages.


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1. Click Home > Replace to enable this utility.

2. Click More>> button to show more options. sees screenshot:

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

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


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Alternatively you can use a macro to remove all empty lines if you are good at VBA code, and you may follow the below instructions like this:

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

2. Click Module on the Insert tab, copy and paste the following VBA code into the Module window;

The VBA code of removing all column breaks:

Sub Delecolumnbreaks()
Selection.Find.ClearFormatting
Selection.Find.Replacement.ClearFormatting
With Selection.Find
.Text = "^n"
.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. Click Run Macro on the Run tab;

Note: If the Track Changes function is enabled in the document, this VBA cannot remove all column breaks of it.


arrow blue right bubble Remove all column breaks with kutools for Word

Actually there is a more convenient and quicker way to remove all column breaks in word. You neither take complex operations nor need to learn VBA code, after installing Kutools for Word, only one click will help you quickly remove all column breaks in the whole or selection of current document.

Kutools for Word, a handy add-in, includes groups of functions to ease your work and enhance your ability of processing word documents. Free Trial for 45 days! Get It Now!

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

2. You will see all column breaks will be removed from the whole document.

This utility also can remove all column breaks from a part of the document, for more information about this utility, please visit here.

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