How to Add or Remove Section Break in Word

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

  1. 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.

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    Click on the Home menu and click on the Show/Hide icon.
  2. Place your cursor where you want the section break to appear in your document.

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    Put your cursor where you want to insert the section break.
  3. Click on the Page Layout menu in the top bar. Then select the Breaks icon in the “Page Setup” section.

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    Click on Page Layout and click on the Breaks icon to show the breaks submenu.
  4. Select any of the four section breaks to apply them to the text in your document.
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    There are 4 section break styles. Click on any of them to activate it 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.

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      This is what your breaks will look like after you’ve added them.

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.

  1. Place your cursor at the start of the section break in your document. Next, press the Delete button on your keyboard.

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    Place your cursor at the beginning of the section break and press delete on your keyboard.
  2. Turn off the Show/Hide formatting icon.

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    Turn off the Show/Hide icon by clicking on it.

Voila! You’ve just added and removed section breaks from your document.

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