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A Different Type Of Section Break

Have you ever created a section break in MS Word and then afterword realized that you chose the wrong type?

Maybe you chose a continuous section break but now you’re thinking that it should have been a New / Next Page.

What did you do?

Many people I know would work to remove the current break and then go through the process of putting in the new one.

I have a different suggestion – let’s just change it from one type to another.

Didn’t know you could do that?

Probably because the place to make the change isn’t where we would probably think to look for it… in the Page Setup dialog box.

So let’s get started.

First, you’ll need to place your cursor just below the section break that needs to be changed.

If you need to see the break then click the button to show hidden paragraph marks.


Section breaks will show up as horizontal lines and will be labeled as such.

With the cursor in the right location, go to the Page Setup dialog box.

In older versions of Word use the File menu, Page Setup choice.

For Word 2007 you need to click the dialog launcher in the bottom right corner of the Page Setup section of the Page Layout tab.


Once in the Page Setup dialog box go to the Layout tab.


The top section is for section settings. Use the “Section start” drop-down list to choose the correct section break type.

Click OK.

Poof! The section break type has been changed and you can get on with everything else.

~ April