Most times, the issue a lot of people have with trying to delete page breaks in Google Docs is the inability to detect where the page breaks are because there’s no way to make them visible in the standard Google Docs page view.
But don’t fret because, at the end of this guide, you will find out not just how to delete page breaks in Google Docs, you will discover how to view page breaks in Google Docs using a pageless view as well as how to use section breaks in Google Docs instead of Page breaks.
You can already tell that it’s going to be a comprehensive one, so keep reading!
Deleting page breaks in Google Docs is fairly simple to do, as long as you know where the page breaks are.
How To Delete Page Breaks In Google Docs – Best Solution
If you can identify where the page breaks in Google Docs are, then take the steps below to get rid of them:
Step 1: Go to the first word of the first paragraph after your page break and click in front of it.
Step 2: If it’s on Windows, click Backspace or Delete on Mac.
Step 3: Your text should immediately come after the last paragraph, with no large space in between.
If there are extra spaces before or after the page break, click the Backspace or Delete key more than once.
Alternatively, take the steps below:
Step 1: Click at the end of the final paragraph before the page break.
Step 2: On Windows, click Delete while on Mac, click Fn+Delete and if there are extra spaces, you may need to repeat this to do away with them.
Now, the page break should be gone.
Delete Page Breaks In Google Docs With Pageless View – How To Do It
Recall that I stated earlier that many people usually experience difficulty identifying the page breaks.
You may only end up seeing the effects!
However, there is an alternative view that enables you to see your page breaks and that is viewing page breaks in Google Docs using a pageless view.
The steps below will guide you on how to achieve this:
Step 1: Open the File menu.
Step 2: At the bottom of the list of options, click on Page Setup.
Step 3: Click on Pageless and click OK.
Step 4: Now, you are in pageless view, which turns your document into one continuous page thereby making any page breaks in your document visible.
Step 5: To get rid of a page break, click on it and click Delete on Windows or Fn+Delete on Mac.
Alternatively, you can click just above the paragraph below the page break, and if it’s on Windows, click Backspace and if it’s on Mac, click Fn+Delete.
Please, note that it’s impossible to insert new page breaks in pageless view. If you want to do this, you must go back to the page view.
To return to page view, go to File > Page Setup and choose Pages then click OK.
The Use Of Section Breaks In Google Docs
In case you find the aforementioned steps stressful then you can settle for using section breaks in your document instead of page breaks as they serve the same purpose.
Interestingly, using section breaks allows you to turn their visibility on and off.
That being said, let’s take a look at how to insert section breaks in Google Docs.
How To Insert Section Breaks In Google Docs
There is no remarkable difference between inserting a page break in Google Docs and inserting a section break, so if you already know how to insert a Page break, you will do just fine.
Follow the steps listed below:
Step 1: Click at the end of the final paragraph before you want your section break to appear.
Step 2: Click on Insert.
Step 3: Hover over Break and then press Section Break (Next Page).
Now, you have successfully inserted your section break, and the following paragraph will start on a new page.
How To Show And Hide Section Breaks In Google Docs
I mentioned earlier that the benefit of using Section breaks instead of Page breaks is that it enables us to decide whether the breaks will be visible or hidden.
If you wish to show or hide section breaks in Google Docs, take the steps listed below:
Step 1: Click on View.
Step 2: Depending on what you intend to achieve, check or uncheck Show Section Breaks.
Step 3: With this setting turned on, section breaks are visible as dotted blue lines.
How To Delete A Section Break In Google Docs [Fast & Easy Steps]
Once you have turned on the Show Sections Breaks, finding and deleting section breaks in your document will be easy.
Please, note that you can only remove section breaks from above the break, and not from beneath unlike page breaks.
The steps below will serve as a guide on how to delete section breaks in Google Docs:
Step 1: Go to the final paragraph before the section break and click on it.
Step 2: On Windows, press Delete while on MAC, and click on Fn+Delete. If there are additional spaces, you may need to repeat this.
It’s safe to say that this is an expository guide as we have covered different areas of this topic.
However, if you have additional questions, please feel free to ask in the comment section as we are always available to attend to you.