# delete section break but keep formatting ABOVE it

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#### stef

Word 2002 SP3
Win XP HE

Hi,
I want to delete a section break but retain the formatting as it is
*above* the section break, not below.
In other words, I want to just end the document where the section break
is--no need for anything below that.
But the formatting is a problem as when one deletes a section break, it
usually keeps the formatting that is *below* the break; and I need the
opposite.
Thanks.

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#### Stefan Blom

A section break stores the formatting of the preceding section. As you
delete the break, Word deletes the associated section properties and applies
those
of the following section. You can work around this by duplicating the
settings from the section you are about to delete. See the "If you
really want to delete the temporary section break ..." section of the
article at
http://word.mvps.org/faqs/formatting/WorkWithSections.htm.

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Stefan Blom
Microsoft Word MVP

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#### Shauna Kelly

Hi

I think I learned this trick from Jay Freedman (indeed, I thought he'd
written an article about it, but if so, I can't find it).

Go to the section above the section break and do File > Page Setup. Click on
each of the three tabs (I'm not sure this is strictly necessary, but it
can't hurt). Click OK.

Now, go to the last section and press F4. That will repeat all the page
setup commands, thus making the last section set up like your earlier
section. And you can now delete the section break.

Hope this helps.

Shauna Kelly. Microsoft MVP.
http://www.shaunakelly.com/word

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#### stef

Shauna,
Thanks for the effort but absolutely no results or change from procedure....
Perhaps because I am using Word 2002?

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#### stef

Apologies,
I repeated it and it has now worked.
I must have done something wrong the 1st time.
Thanks.

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#### Suzanne S. Barnhill

Actually, I think at least part of that may have come from me, but it works
only in certain specific cases (see
http://sbarnhill.mvps.org/WordFAQs/DetachEnvelope.htm) because it doesn't
account for section properties such as columns, header/footer content, etc.

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Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA

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#### stef

Well it worked, and I sure appreciate the help...
I will check out the link as well.
Thanks again.