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I am having difficulty un-linking headers from previous sections in a Word document. I added a "Page Break" after each section and added different headers to each section. No problems thus far. Then I changed the document's line spacing, causing the document to increase from about 230 pages to 250 pages. Still no problem. All headers remained intact. But when I saved the document, I found that three of the thirty two sections suddenly had the same heading. I tried retyping these headers, but the moment I clicked on the header, it took me directly to the first of the three linked headers. Another anomaly is that the headers do not have a tab saying "same as previous", so they cannot be delinked in the normal way.

Inserting a page break does not create a section. If this was a Next Page section break, then you do actually have sections (and it sounds as if you do). But do you really need to unlink and change these headers? What content is changing? You might be able to use a StyleRef field to pick up content on the page (a heading, for example) without needing to unlink the headers.

The header will always have a Link to Previous button, though it may not be active. You can have up to three different headers in a given section (First Page, Even Page, Odd Page), and each of those is linked only to the same type of header in the previous and following sections.

I'm trying to match your description to anything in my experience and failing. If you'd like to send the document to, I'll investigate.
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Suzanne S. Barnhill


I've been using Word for Windows since version 2.0 (1992), and the more I learn about it, the more I realize how little I know. But I may know a few things that you don't, and I'll help if I can. I answer many questions every day in Microsoft's peer support forums and as a result have been awarded the MVP (Most Valuable Professional) designation by Microsoft Corporation. You may be able to find the answer to your question at the Word MVPs' FAQ site or at my own Word FAQ site, so please check those first! Please, no questions about VBA (macros), Registry editing, networks, or complex merges, as I have no experience with these aspects of Word, nor do I have any experience with Word for Mac. Please indicate which version of Word you are using; if you are not sure, see "What version of Word do I have?".


I have a master's degree in classics (Latin), which is surprisingly helpful, though I no longer teach. The things I am proudest of: Having raised two children to maturity, both Merit Scholars, both college graduates (one a philosophy major!), one Phi Beta Kappa (from Harvard!); having been made a Paul Harris Fellow by my Rotary club; having been designated a Microsoft MVP.

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B.A. (Latin), Agnes Scott College, 1966; M.A. (Classics), Emory University, 1972.

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Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award every year since 1999; many Rotary honors

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