How to remove a section break in Word and reformat your document layout

  • Section breaks are a formatting tool in Word which allow you to divide your document into separate sections.
  • You can remove a section break in Word by showing the page break icons and then removing them.

In Microsoft Word, you can insert section breaks to divide your document into sections and apply formatting to specific blocks of text. For example, you can have a section with different margin sizes, sections with different headers and footers, etc. Section breaks differ from page breaks, which move content after a page break to the beginning of the next page.

Below you will find step-by-step instructions to remove a section break in Word on Windows and Mac Office programs. When you remove a section break, the text before and after the break is combined into a single section, which picks up the formatting of that last section.

Here’s how to remove section breaks from your Word document.

How to remove a section break in Word for Windows

  1. Choose the Home tab if it is not already selected for your document.
  2. Select Show/Hide ¶ to show section breaks in your document.
  3. Click the area just before the section break you want to delete, then press the Delete key.

    Select the section break you want to delete and press Delete.Abbey White / Insider

How to remove a section break in Word on a Mac

  1. Click the Home tab.
  2. Then click Show All Non-Printable Characters (the ¶ button).
  3. Highlight the section break you want to delete by clicking on it, then press the Delete key.

    How to remove a section break in Word and reformat your document layout
    You may be able to highlight your section break before deleting it.Abbey White / Insider

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