Section breaks are often used in documents to create separate sections for different purposes, such as for different chapters or to emphasize a paragraph of text. We’ll show you how to add or remove a section break in Word in this post.
Note: section breaks are different than page breaks and offer a different set of functionalities.
How to add a section break
- Click on the Home menu on the menu bar. Then click on the Show/Hide formatting icon in the “Paragraph” section (it looks like a flag). This will make the section breaks in your document visible.
- Place your cursor where you want the section break to appear in your document.
- Click on the Page Layout menu in the top bar. Then select the Breaks icon in the “Page Setup” section.
- Select any of the four section breaks to apply them to the text in your document.
- Next page – Adds a section break that pushes your text down to the next page.
- Continuous – Adds a section break to your text while it remains on the same page.
- Even page – Adds a section break that pushes your text down to the next even-numbered page.
- Odd page – Adds a section break that pushes your text down to the next odd-numbered page.This is what section breaks look like when you’ve added them to your document.
How to remove a section break
Removing a section break is even easier than adding them.
Note: If you added a beginning and ending section break to the text in your document, you must delete both for the section break to be deleted.
- Place your cursor at the start of the section break in your document. Next, press the Delete button on your keyboard.
- Turn off the Show/Hide formatting icon.
Voila! You’ve just added and removed section breaks from your document.