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When you copy a selection that contains a section break and paste it into a Word document, the text above the section break assumes the section level formatting of the pasted section break.
This behavior will also occur if you copy the last paragraph mark and paste it into a document because the last paragraph mark is an implied section break.
For example, if you insert a continuous section break in a document, the section above the inserted section break will be Continuous, while the section below will be New Page.
Similarly, when you delete a section break, the text that preceded the section break becomes part of the section that follows, and it assumes the formatting of that section. The following example, using a two- section document, illustrates this concept:
Section 1 is formatted for three columns and contains no headers or footers. Section 2 is formatted for two columns and contains a footer. If you delete the section break between the two sections, Word formats the entire document for two columns and places a footer on each page.NOTES:
Section level formatting includes headers and footers, columns, section start setting, line numbers, margins, paper size, paper source and orientation, and vertical alignment.
When you select text to copy and paste, remember that you are copying section level formatting when you include a section break or the last paragraph mark in your selection. If you copy a selection that does not contain a section break or the last paragraph mark, section layout formatting is not affected when you paste the selection.
To determine the type of section break that is inserted in your document, do the following for the particular version of Word:
Word 97 for Windows
Word 98 Macintosh Edition
Article ID: 176314 - Last Review: October 7, 2013 - Revision: 3.1