Microsoft KB Archive/40750

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Search and Replace Page and Section Breaks

PSS ID Number: Q40750 Article last modified on 03-07-1997

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  • == Microsoft Word for the Macintosh, versions 3.0 , 3.01, 3.02, 4.0 ==

In Microsoft Word, if the Change command (on the Utilities menu in Word 4.00; Search menu in Word 3.0x) is used to replace a page break with a section break, a page break will appear instead of a section break. This problem occurs because both section breaks and page breaks have the same ASCII value (12); they also share the same special search code (^d). To replace a page break with a section break, do the following:

  1. Highlight the section break.
  2. From the Edit menu, choose Copy. Word copies the section break into the Clipboard.
  3. From the Utilities menu, choose Change (in Word 3.0x, Change is on the Search menu).
  4. In the Find What box, type “^12” (press SHIFT+6, then type “12” without the quotation marks) or “^d” (press SHIFT+6, then type lowercase “d” without the quotation marks). These characters will cause Word to find all page breaks and section breaks occurring in the document.
  5. In the Change To box, type “^c” (without the quotation marks). This special code stands for the contents of the Clipboard, which in this case is the section break.
  6. Click the Change All button to replace all occurrences of page breaks (and existing section breaks) with section breaks.


To find the ASCII value of a character in Word, do the following:

  1. Highlight the character.
  2. Press COMMAND+OPTION+Q. The code appears in the lower-left corner of the screen.

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