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Out of 19 chapters in the file I am working on, I found that at the end of the 15th one today, somehow it had become a "continuous" rather than a "next page" section break, as a result of which the chapter heading for Chapter 16 had moved up onto the last page of Chapter 15. I thought ok no big deal, I'll just remove the continuous section break and put back the "next page" section break. It worked fine, but then I found to my dismay that the section break at the end of chapter 14 had now become a continuous section break. So I removed it and replaced it with a next page section break. But by so doing, the section break at the end of chapter 13 had now become a continuous section break. Why is this spreading like a cancer from one chapter to the previous one every time I fix it? And when it happens, it ruins my footers as well, turning the x of y page into chaos and renaming the chapter in the footer to that of a later chapter.
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Old 10-09-2020, 07:44 PM
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An unfortunate side-effect of deleting ‘Continuous’ Section breaks in Word is that they tend to cause the preceding ‘Next Page’ Section break to be converted to a ‘Continuous’ Section break. A workaround is to insert ‘Next Page’ Section breaks both sides of the ‘Continuous’ Section break, then select all three breaks and delete them together. The following macro automates the process:
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Sub DelContBrk()
Application.ScreenUpdating = False
Dim Rng As Range
With Selection.Sections.First
  Set Rng = .Range.Characters.Last
    With Rng
      .InsertBreak Type:=wdSectionBreakNextPage
      .Start = .Start - 1
      .End = .End + 1
      .Characters.Last.Next.InsertBreak Type:=wdSectionBreakNextPage
      .End = .End + 1
      .Text = vbNullString
    End With
End With
Application.ScreenUpdating = True
End Sub
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Thank you for this information. That should take care of the problem.
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The same thing has happened again: somehow a "next page" section break has become a "continuous" section break. In accordance with your above instructions, I used the workaround: insert ‘Next Page’ Section breaks both sides of the ‘Continuous’ Section break, then select all three breaks and delete them together. But whereas last time it worked beautifully, this time every time I try it, it ruins all the footers of the previous chapter, either turning them into the footers of the chapter previous to it, or following it, depending on various ways I tried implementing it.

I have been executing this in draft mode, and I tried deleting the three page breaks and only after that putting a new "next page" section break, but it didn't work. So then I tried adding a new "next page" section break following the three page breaks to be deleted, and only then deleting the three page breaks, but that didn't work either. I have been playing with this for over an hour now, trying all sorts of permutations and combinations for safely getting rid of the "continuous" section break, but nothing is working. No matter what I do, the footers in the previous chapter get ruined.
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Did you try the macro?
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This problem happens to me only rarely, and I do not have any experience with macros. Can you suggest what I can do to fix it now, manually? That will be easier I think, for as I mentioned this happens to me only once in a blue moon.
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Old 02-11-2021, 12:32 PM
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With the frequency of your posts here, given that many problems call for macro solutions, I recommend that you at least skim and bookmark these pages:
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With the frequency of your posts here, given that many problems call for macro solutions, I recommend that you at least skim and bookmark these pages:
I have been through those things before, tried to implement them before, and had trouble with them before. Not all are technically oriented.

The task I need to accomplish here is not repetitive, and should not be very technical. I just need to get rid of one continuous section break so I can put back the next page section break which was there before. If one of you can explain why the workaround is not working here or help me to get it to work, I will really be grateful.
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Doing this without macros is no drama and I would recommend you do this without the added steps of adding section breaks.

Put your cursor in the section AFTER the section break you want to delete. Go to the Page Setup dialog and on the Layout tab, change the Section Start to New Page. Then delete the section break.

You will discover that deleting the section break changes the Page Setup/Headers/Footers of the PRECEDING section since this is how Word works. If that is a problem for you, you need to copy your preferred headers/footers and page setup to the trailing section before deleting the section break.
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Hi Andrew, if that is the case (i.e. deleting the section break changes the Page Setup/Headers/Footers of the PRECEDING section since this is how Word works), then it sounds like both procedures -- that which you have suggested here and that which Paul suggested as a workaround -- have an identical outcome that I will need to create the headers and footers of the preceding section again. Ok, will do. I had been trying to find out an approach which would avoid this, but it doesn't sound like there is any way. Is this intentional on the part of the designers of MS Word, or is it an oversight? What I mean is, is this the result of something I did wrong, or is this an error on the part of MS Word?
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There are workarounds to make the section break have the appearance of headers/footers flushing forward instead of the usual flushing backwards.

One method is reverse the order of the section breaks (by dragging and dropping the first to be immediately after the second) and then deleting the 'new' first one.

Alternatively, you can edit the headers of the second section, turn on Same as Previous and then turn it off again. Do the same for the footers of the second section. Then delete the section break.
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