Need help with word... section breaks...

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Feb 18, 2006
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Hi All,

If there's one program that I don't like using, it's Word... Anyway...

My mother is doing some heavy word document processing at the moment, i.e. 130 pages +, and people who have been sending her bits that they have written appear to have stuck section breaks all through it. Of course, this is completely wrecking page numbers.

All we want is for page 1 to be page 1, and for page 130 to be 130, none of this section nonsense.

So my question, is how do I remove all these damn section breaks? I have been playing around with it in vain for about 20 minutes now. Any help would be great.

Cheers
 

rdowns

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Jul 11, 2003
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I use Word a lot at work on a PC but rarely on my Mac. In Windows, I never paste text into Word without first pasting it into Notepad to remove all formatting. Sounds like you need the Mac equivalent.

Have you tried the Reveal Formatting command, right clicking on text and selecting Match Destination formatting?
 

mickhyperion

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Jul 20, 2004
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I've been able to get rid of page breaks by clicking at the start of the text following a break and backspacing until it goes away. That might be a long manual process for a large document though.
 

mad jew

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Apr 3, 2004
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rdowns said:
In Windows, I never paste text into Word without first pasting it into Notepad to remove all formatting.

Just out of interest, do you find that a better method to the Paste Special's Unformatted Text option? :)
 

rdowns

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Hmmm. I use that method because it's how our web designer taught me how to paste text into Front Page (I do our HTML emails) and it just crossed over to Word. I use Paste SPecial in Excel all the time and it never occurred to me that Word had the same feature. :eek:
 

rdowns

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Thank you for pointing out my deficiencies in certain computer skills. Any others? :D
 

mad jew

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Apr 3, 2004
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I'd love to keep spanking but instead would just like to mention that if ever you want to replace formatting in Word documents, use the Find Replace box, press the little blue arrow to get more options and it'll show you how to select various things to replace.

To replace all section breaks in a document with regular RETURN (new line) spots, simply put ^b in the find box and ^p in the replace box. :)