2 Quick Ways to Change the Type of Section Breaks in Your Word Document

In this article, there will be 2 quick ways for you to change the type of section breaks in your Word document.

The most used types of section break in Word are “Next Page” and “Continuous”. To insert the first one means to start a new page for the new section. This divides sections in a clear view. But when it comes to printing, extract papers will be needed. Certainly, it’s not an environment-friendly way. Then you can consider using the “Continuous” break, which can save you many papers but may not do well in meeting the separation demand.

Therefore, we want to introduce ways which you to pick according to specific requirement.Change the Type of Section Breaks in Your Word Document

Method 1: Change the Page Setup

  1. First of all, put cursor inside a target section and click the “Page Layout” tab in the Ribbon.
  2. Next click the arrow button in “Page Setup” group to open the same name dialog box.
  3. Then click “Layout” tab in the box.
  4. And choose desired type of section break from the combo box of “Section start”.
  5. Next in “Apply to” combo box, select an applying range. You can choose to change the type of a single section break or multiple ones as well. Click "Page Layout"->Click Arrow Button->Click "Layout"->Choose Where the Section Starts->Choose an Applying Range->Click "OK"

Here is the outcome:Effect of Changing Type of Section Break

Method 2: Run Word Macro to Change Type of All Section Breaks in a Document

  1. To start with, press “Alt+ F11” to trigger the VBA editor in Word.
  2. Next click “Normal” project and click “Insert” tab on the menu bar.
  3. Then choose “Module” on the drop-down menu.Click "Normal"->Click "Insert"->Click "Module"
  4. Next double click on the new module to open it.
  5. Now in the editing space, just paste these codes:
Sub ChangeNextPageBreakToContinuous()
  Dim nSectionNum As Integer
  Dim objDoc As Document
 
  Application.ScreenUpdating = False
 
  Set objDoc = ActiveDocument
  nSectionNum = objDoc.Sections.Count

  For nSectionNum = nSectionNum To 1 Step -1
    With objDoc.Sections(nSectionNum).Range.PageSetup
      If .SectionStart = wdSectionNewPage Then
        .SectionStart = wdSectionContinuous
      End If
    End With
  Next nSectionNum
 
  Application.ScreenUpdating = True
End Sub
  1. Hit “F5” to run the macro.Paste Codes->Click "Run"

This macro shall change all section breaks in “Next Page” type to “Continuous”. The result is the same as that in method 1.

Now if you need to change all continuous section breaks to the “Next Page” type, use the following macro:

Sub ChangeContinuousBreakToNextPageBreak()
  Dim nSectionNum As Integer
  Dim objDoc As Document
 
  Application.ScreenUpdating = False
 
  Set objDoc = ActiveDocument
  nSectionNum = objDoc.Sections.Count

  For nSectionNum = nSectionNum To 1 Step -1
    With objDoc.Sections(nSectionNum).Range.PageSetup
      If .SectionStart = wdSectionContinuous Then
        .SectionStart = wdSectionNewPage
      End If
    End With
  Next nSectionNum
 
  Application.ScreenUpdating = True
End Sub

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