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How to show or hide section breaks in Word?

Section breaks are hidden in document by default, and it can’t be shown without showing all formatting marks. Here, in this article, I will introduce several methods to quickly show or hide all section breaks in Word document easily.

Show or hide section breaks in Word (any versions):
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Show or hide section breaks in Word 2003:
by show/hide button
by Word Options

Show or hide section breaks in Word 2007 or later versions:
by show/hide button
by Word Options

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arrow blue right bubbleShow or hide section breaks by Show/Hide button in Word 2003

If you are working in Word 2003, you can click the Show/Hide button on the Toolbar to quickly show or hide all section breaks in the Word document.

Btw, you can use the keyboard shortcut of Show/hide function: Ctrl+* or Shift+Ctrl+*


arrow blue right bubbleShow or hide section breaks by setting Word Options in Word 2003

1. Click Tools> Options. See the first screenshot below:

2. In the Options dialog box, please click the View tab, and then check All option in Formatting marks group to show section breaks in document.
Note: For hiding all section breaks, please uncheck this All option in the Options dialog box.

3. Click the OK button to save the settings.


arrow blue right bubbleShow or hide section breaks by Show/Hide button in Word 2007 or later versions

If you are using Word 2007/2010/20132016, you can click Home > Show/hide button to show or hide all section breaks from the Word document. See screenshot:

Or use the keyboard shortcut to turn on or turn off Show/hide function: Ctrl+* or Shift+Ctrl+*


arrow blue right bubbleShow or hide section breaks by setting Word Options in Word 2007 or later versions

In Word 2007 or later version, you can also configure the Word options to show or hide all section breaks in Word document. Please do as follows:

1. Click File (or Office button) > Options.

2. In the Word Options dialog box, please click Display in the left bar, and then check Show all formatting marks option in the Always show these formatting marks on the screen section. See screenshot:

Note: For hiding all section breaks, please uncheck this Show all formatting marks option in the Word Options dialog box.

3. Click the OK button to save the settings.


arrow blue right bubble Show or hide section breaks in Word with Kutools

If you have Kutools for Word installed, you can also quickly show or hide all sections from Word document by its Display Settings feature. Please do as follows:

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1. Please click Enterprise > Display Setting. See screenshot:

2. In the Display Settings dialog box, please check the Show All option in the Formatting Marks section See screenshot:

Note: For hiding all section breaks, please uncheck the Show All option i the Display Settings dialog box.

And now you can see the result as shown as below:

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