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Word: Deleting a Soft Page Break

PSS ID Number: Q41572 Article last modified on 11-02-1994

4.00 5.00 5.50 6.00



To delete a page break inserted by Word (also known as a soft or automatic page break), do the following:

  1. Insert one paragraph marker immediately above and below the single dotted line (soft page break).
  2. Place the cursor on the top paragraph marker, then press F6 (F8 in Word version 5.50) to turn on extend mode.
  3. Press the DOWN ARROW key to move across the page-break marker to the bottom paragraph marker.
  4. Press DEL to delete the page-break marker.

Although this method deletes the page break, the page break returns when the document is repaginated or printed. Perform these steps to remove soft page breaks that appear to be out of place. Be aware that there are paragraph formatting commands that can cause Word to insert a soft page break before the end of a page. Keep Follow, Keep Together, and Side-By-Side can affect pagination as well as the Widow/Orphan option in the Print Options menu. If pagination appears off, check those commands.

Note: The automatic pagination feature of Word versions 5.00 and 5.50 prevents the removal of soft page breaks. To remove a soft page break in Word version 5.00, from the Options menu, set the “paginate:” field to Manual. In Word version 5.50, from the Utilities menu, select Customize, and deactivate the Background Repagination check box.

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