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Insert file or copy & paste - section break type changes in destination document

Posted on 2012-03-22
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Hi Experts

I am using Word 2010 (service packed) and trying to insert a file into an existing document.  Let's call the document I am inserting into DocHeader and the one that I am inserting DocBody.

DocHeader contains some text, a continuous section break (which is the only and therefore the last section break) plus some more text.

DocBody contains text, a next page section break plus some more text.

When I insert DocBody into DocHeader the next page section break becomes a continuous one.  This behaviour also occurs if I paste the contents of DocBody into DocHeader.

DocHeader and DocBody have the same paper size, margins etc.

If I try a next page section break in DocHeader instead then the one in DocBody is inserted correctly but I need the continuous one.

Sample files attached.

Can anyone tell me how to preserve the section break in DocBody please?  I prefer to use insert file but I can live with copy & paste if necessary.

Many thanks for your help.
DocHeader.docx
DocBody.docx
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Question by:MonteDelMar
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by:jcimarron
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MonteDelMar--Try Paste Special.  Click where you want to paste and then the Paste option at the left on the ribbon and choose Paste Special.  Then "unformatted text".
http://www.personal-computer-tutor.com/pastespecial.htm
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by:MonteDelMar
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Thank you for your response.  That deletes the page break altogether.
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Thought I would post this as it may be of help to someone else in the future.

I think I may have found the answer to this with the help of Graham Mayor's article at
http://www.word.mvps.org/faqs/Formatting/WorkWithSections.htm.

I found that the 'Insert File' method works fine as long as the file I am inserting ends with a continuous section break.  I started off trying to delete the last section break but it is unnecessary and really not worth the pain.

I didn't need a continuous break at the start of the file as well but perhaps that is because the document I am inserting into already has one.  Also I am working in 2010 so perhaps there is some difference there.
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by:MonteDelMar
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I thought this answer might be useful to someone else in the future.
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