How to Remove a Section Break in a Word Document

While Microsoft Word can be a pretty intuitive application for many of the documents that you edit, you will inevitably find situations where you can’t fix a problem.

These issues are typically related to formatting choices that you made in the past, or that were made by someone else who has edited the document.

These problems often manifest when you are trying to make layout changes or adjustments to your entire document, but one small part of the document is not being affected by the changes.

One of the more common problems you might encounter can be resolved by following our how to delete section break in Word method outlined below.

Yield: Remove a Section Break in Word

How to Delete a Section Break in Word

how to delete a section break in word

Learn how to locate a section break in a Word document and delete that break if you no longer wish to include it in your document.

Active Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes
Difficulty Medium

Materials

  • Microsoft Word document with section break

Tools

  • Microsoft Word

Instructions

  1. Open your document in Word.
  2. Select the Home tab.
  3. Click the Show/Hide button in the Paragraph section.
  4. Select the section break you wish to delete.
  5. Press the Delete key on your keyboard.

Notes

New section breaks can be added by clicking the Breaks button on the Layout tab.

You can also delete a section break by placing your cursor to the left of the break, then pressing the Delte key on your keyboard.

Our guide continues below with additional how to delete section break in Word information, including pictures of these steps.

Microsoft Word provides many tools that allow you to format the text that you have added to a document. But it also includes some formatting options for the document itself. This can range from things like columns, to other features like section breaks.

A section break in a Word document lets you split up your document into separate parts, which you can then format without affecting the rest of the document. A common use for this is to change the orientation for a single page of your document, while leaving the rest of the document in the current orientation.

But if you have previously created a section break that you no longer need, or if you are editing someone else’s document and wish to remove one of the section breaks they’ve added, then our guide below will show you how.

Full Guide – Removing a Section Break in Word (Guide with Pictures)

The steps in this article were performed in the Microsoft Word for Office 365 version of the application, but will also work in most other recent versions of Word. The first section of this article above provides a quick overview of how to remove a Word section break, but you can continue below to see the full guide with pictures.

Step 1: Open your document in Word.

Step 2: Select the Home tab at the top of the window.

click the Home tab

Step 3: Click the Show/Hide button in the Paragraph section of the ribbon.

click the Show/Hide button

Step 4: Locate a section break in your document, then use your click your mouse on the left side of the break, hold it down, then drag to the right end of the break to select the entire thing.

Alternatively, you can place your mouse cursor at the left end of the break, but you may find that part of the break may remain after deletion.

how to remove a section break in word

Step 5: Press the Delete key (not the Backspace key) on your keyboard to remove the section break.

If you wish to add another section break to a document, click at the point where you wish to add the break, select the Layout tab, then click the Breaks button and choose the desired type of section break.

how to add a section break in Word

Now that you are familiar with the how to delete section break in Word steps you will be able to fix random spacing issues that might crop up in documents that you are creating, or documents that you are editing which came from other people.

More Information on How to Delete Section Break in Word

When you have displayed the formatting marks in your document, the section break that you are trying to remove will be identified with a word in parentheses after the section break indicator.

if you actually do want a section break in your document, but the one that is there currently isn’t correct, then you will need to delete that section break and replace it with one of the options from the list that you see when you expand the breaks drop down menu.

One other type of similar formatting mark that you might need to remove involves manual page breaks.

These are very similar in that a page break appears at a point within the document where it wouldn’t normally be. These can be seen if a paragraph in your document should be displayed on the same page as the previous paragraph, but has been forced to the next page.

If you would like to remove a page break in Microsoft Word then you can use the steps above to display the paragraph marks in your document, then you can place your cursor below the page break and press Delete on your keyboard. You can also read our how to remove a page break in Word guide for more information.

One other way to remove section breaks, especially if you have more than one that you want to get rid of, is with the Find and Replace dialog box. You can find this by selecting the Home tab at the top of the window, then clicking the Editing button in the ribbon and choosing the Replace option.

You can then select the More button to expand the Find and Replace box. Next you will click inside the Find what field, then you will click the Special drop down menu at the bottom of the window and choose the Section Break option.

Finally you will need to make sure that the Replace with field is empty, then you can click the Find Next button and navigate between the different section breaks in your document and delete them individually. Or you could choose the Replace All button which will delete all of the section breaks in the document by replacing them with nothing, as indicated by the empty “Replace with” field.

If you are having trouble removing your section breaks, then it might be because you currently have “Track Changes” enabled. You can turn this off y selecting the Review tab at the top of the window, then clicking the Track Changes button in the Tracking group of the ribbon.

If you work with Google Docs in addition to Microsoft Word then you may want to know how to remove space in Google Docs when the standard options aren’t working.

Does your document have a lot of formatting that is proving difficult to remove? Find out how to clear all formatting in Word if you would rather start over with plain text.

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