As a writer or a student, you must have faced the problem of formatting documents in MS Word. One of the biggest issues that appear while formatting is dealing with the page breaks in MS Word. Page breaks can be frustrating because they are often inserted in the wrong place, making your document look unprofessional. So, in this blog post, we will guide you on how to delete a page break in MS Word.

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The Challenge of Deleting A Page Break in MS Word

Microsoft Word often feels like a maze of tricky features and unexpected obstacles – page breaks being one of them. If you are a writer or a student using MS Word, then it’s crucial for you to master this skill. Deleting a page break in MS Word might seem to be a challenging task for beginners. Microsoft Word’s "help" function can be confusing and doesn’t always assist in the best way. However, deleting page breaks in MS Word is not difficult, and with our methods and tips, you can do it like a pro.

Things You Should Prepare for

Before going forward with the below methods, make sure you keep these things in mind:

  • Make sure you are in the Print Layout View.
  • The Show/Hide button should be toggled off before proceeding with the below methods.
  • Take a backup before deleting page break to avoid loss of important content, if any.

Method 1: Using the Delete Key

Deleting a page break in MS Word is as simple as pressing the delete key. Follow the below steps:

  1. Open the word document that contains the page break that you want to delete.
  2. Go to the end of the page before the page break you want to delete.
  3. Click on the Home tab and select the Show/Hide button to show all the hidden characters in your document.
  4. Locate the dotted line with "Page Break" in the middle of it where you want to remove it.
  5. Press the Delete key on your keyboard to remove it.


  • It’s the quickest and easiest way to remove page breaks.


  • It only works when you know exactly where the page break is.
  • It can delete content accidentally that placed in front of the page break which you want to delete.

Method 2: Using Backspace

This method is similar to Method 1 but requires you to go to the next page to remove the page break. Follow the below steps:

  1. Open the document that contains the page break that you want to remove.
  2. Choose the Home tab on the Ribbon and select the Show/Hide button.
  3. Go to the last line of the document page before the page break you want to remove.
  4. Place your cursor at the end of the page, before the page break, and hit the Backspace key until the break is removed.


  • Simple and easy to use method
  • You can remove the break without deleting any content.


  • Requires you to move to the next page by pressing the Backspace key multiple times.
  • If you accidentally hit Enter, it will create a new page break.

Method 3: Locate Page Break Using Navigation Pane

The Navigation Pane is an essential tool in MS Word that can help you locate and remove page breaks. It shows all the headings, pages, and other formatting elements in your document. Follow the below steps:

  1. Open the word document that contains the page break that you want to delete.
  2. Select the View tab on the ribbon.
  3. Click on the Navigation Pane checkbox to enable the pane.
  4. Click on the Browse the heading option in the pane.
  5. In the Navigation pane, find and click on the page on which the page break is appearing.
  6. Select the Page Break icon or HTML code that is appeared and hit the Delete key on your keyboard to delete the break.


  • The navigation pane provides an overview of your document, making it easy to find page breaks.
  • You do not have to move through the document like Method 2 and can delete the break from any location.


  • The Navigation Pane may not show the page break that you are looking for on large documents.

Why Can’t I Remove a Page Break in Word?

Removing a page break in MS Word might be challenging because of the following reasons:

  1. Hidden characters may be in your document before or after the page break. Try to delete them first.
  2. The break might be within a table. Move the table to the previous or next page if needed.
  3. You are working in Compatibility Mode, which might be legacy Word documents with limited editing capabilities.


  • Ensure Show/Hide is toggled off.
  • Try deleting any hidden characters that may be interfering with the page break.
  • Change from Compatibility Mode to regular Word mode.
  • Save the document in the current version of MS Word that you are using in case you are using the old compatible version.

Additional Tips

Here are some additional tips to keep in mind while working with page breaks:

  • Besides using the delete button, you can also try highlight the break and use the delete button.
  • Use the Show/Hide option to locate the page break in your document. The option is located under the Home menu in Microsoft Word.
  • Use the shortcut key Ctrl+Shift+* together to reveal the hidden breaks.

5 FAQs about Deleting Page Breaks in MS Word

Q. How do I know if my document has a page break?

A. A thin dotted line/page on your document is a page break.

Q. Can I remove all page breaks at once?

A. Yes, you can. Go to Find and replace. Replace "^b" with "".

Q. How do I insert a page break?

A. Click on the "Insert" tab on the Ribbon, locate the "Pages" section, and click on "Page Break".

Q. What happens when page breaks aren’t removed?

A. If you don’t delete an unnecessary page break, the formatting of your document may look incorrect, making it appear unprofessional.

Q. How can I make sure page breaks don’t affect my content?

A. Make sure to keep an eye out for them when editing your documents. Check to see if it’s necessary to delete them before they cause any potential damage to the structure and content of your document.

In Conclusion

Deleting a page break is not a complex task, but in MS Word, knowing the right method can be a game-changer. With the above methods and tips, you can easily remove any page break in no time. In a nutshell, taking the time to master this skill, as well as other formatting techniques will not only save your time but also ensure that your documents look professional and aesthetically pleasing.

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