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.
Method 1: Change the Page Setup
- First of all, put cursor inside a target section and click the “Page Layout” tab in the Ribbon.
- Next click the arrow button in “Page Setup” group to open the same name dialog box.
- Then click “Layout” tab in the box.
- And choose desired type of section break from the combo box of “Section start”.
- 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.
Here is the outcome:
Method 2: Run Word Macro to Change Type of All Section Breaks in a Document
- To start with, press “Alt+ F11” to trigger the VBA editor in Word.
- Next click “Normal” project and click “Insert” tab on the menu bar.
- Then choose “Module” on the drop-down menu.
- Next double click on the new module to open it.
- 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
- Hit “F5” to run the macro.
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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Didn’t work. All my next page breaks, keep changing to Odd page breaks and I need them to stay as new page breaks. This is a 700 page document and my hands are killing me having to keep scrolling through and changing them all, only to have them change themselves back again.