No matter how often do you use Microsoft Word, you have probably encountered the following problem at least once. Even though it sounds pretty easy to solve, it is always frustrating when you need to delete a page in Word, especially when it is a blank page. So how to delete a page in Word document?
There are different ways to do that and you can choose the right one depending on the position of your (blank) page. A (blank) page can usually be found at the end of the document, but also in the middle of it. Blank pages usually emerge when you make a page break or when your document contains empty paragraphs which you don’t see. Before you start removing the page you should figure out why the blank page is showing up.
You don’t know why the blank page appears
Follow this short tutorial to discover why there are blank pages in your document:
Use keyboard commands CTRL+SHIFT+8 to have the paragraph marks turned on, or click the Show/Hide ¶ option on the right top side of the Home tab.
What does this sign ¶ mean?
That is the sign for an empty paragraph on the blank page. You can select the empty paragraph with the left mouse click and press the Delete key to remove the paragraph.
How to Delete a Page in Word That is Completely Blank
Quick solution when a page contains empty paragraphs
If you have a blank page in a document, that probably means that your document contains empty paragraphs. To get rid of it, click with your mouse at the end of the document and press backspace key as long as the blank page doesn’t disappear. Sometimes, you will need to press the key only once where there is only one empty paragraph. Oftentimes you will need to press that key multiple times, because of multiple paragraphs showing up in the blank page. If you prefer to use keyboard press CTRL and End at the same time and then Backspace key.
See How It Works with the Navigation Pane
Open the navigation pane by ticking the checkbox Navigation Pane that is placed in the View menu under the Show tab. Click on the blank page thumbnail and then on the Delete key. The same as in the first example, you may need to press the key more than once.
Your blank page is a result of manual page break
Blank pages usually appear at the bottom, but like we said, sometimes they can appear in the middle of a document. The most probable reason for that is a manual page break. When you manually add a page break, it may result in a blank page showing up. To remove this page just left click on your mouse before the page break and press the Delete key.
You don’t see manual page break
If you cannot see the page break and a blank page is there in the middle of your document, you can turn paragraph marks, which we have already explained how it is done.
How to Delete a Page in Word that is not Blank
If the page you want to remove from the document contains text, guidelines are a bit different. Start with the left mouse click at the beginning of the content you want to remove, then press and hold the SHIFT key on the keyboard, and finally click at the end of the content. By using these three-step process, you will be able to select the content and to remove it.
The final step is to press the Delete on your keyboard, but before you do so, make sure you have selected the right piece of content.
Note: when you accidentally remove a page in Word, which you didn’t plan to, just click on the Undo button.
Your blank page is a result of section page break
Section page breaks are divided into three categories: next page, odd page and even page. A blank page can occur in all three cases. In the same way as with a manual page break, click before the section break and then press the Delete on the keyboard. This solution is applicable only when a blank page is at the end of a document.
If a blank page appears somewhere in the middle of a document, you need to be more careful. When deleting a section break, you need to know that formatting will be the same as the text after the section break. Even the text before the section break may get the same formatting.
In these cases, change the section break to one that doesn’t generate a new page. First, double click the section break, then click on the Layout tab. Click on Section start drop down and select Continuous, then OK.
To delete a section page without losing formatting you may also consider having the same formatting before and after the section break. The other way is to separate the text before the section break with multiple line spacing (press Enter multiple times). When you delete the section break you can easily delete space lines (press Delete key).
Your blank page is a result of an empty table
So far you have probably learned how to delete a page in Word but it may happen that your blank page is still there although you were trying to remove it. That thing that can cause you troubles apart from page breaks, is a table. If you inserted a table in a Word document, and that table is spread across the whole document, there will be an empty paragraph right after the table and you won’t be able to remove it. This is just a Word feature. Of course, there is a way to resolve the issue if you want to delete a blank page:
Hide the empty paragraph at the bottom of a document!
To do so, first find the paragraph mark and select it with a click of the mouse. Press CTRL and D keys on the keyboard simultaneously and the Font dialog will be opened. Tick the Hidden box to hide the paragraph or change the font size to 1 point to make that paragraph smaller. When you finish, you can turn off the paragraph mark by following these steps:
Click the Show/Hide button on the Ribbon OR press CTRL, SHIFT, 8 at the same time.
How Do You Delete Multiple Pages
You can delete one page at the time, to make sure everything goes well. In that case, follow some of these rules above to remove a blank page or a page with content.
However, if you want to save time and to delete multiple pages at once, keep reading the guide.
Note: This may come in handy when you are dealing with large documents, with a lot of pages.
You want to delete multiple pages at the same time, and those pages are in a consecutive order.
This is easy, you can use the left mouse click to select the pages and then press Delete.
You want to delete multiple pages but not all of them are in a consecutive order.
This is a bit tricky. Let’s say you a have a document with 80 pages and you want to delete pages from 25 to 28, then from 43 to 47 and then from 78 to 80. You cannot delete all these pages at once, but at least you can delete those pages that are in consecutive order.
Here are the steps:
Press F5 on your keyboard and the Find and Replace dialog will appear.
In the Go to tab, type the page number (the number of the first page in a range) and click on the Go to button.
Press F8 button to extend the document, and again F5 to repeat the first step. This time, type the number of the page that first comes after the last page you want to delete. For instance, if you want to delete pages from 25 to 28, you will type 29 here.
When you click on the Go to button again, the chosen pages will be selected and ready to be removed.
How to delete a page in Word without changing orientation
When you want to delete the last (blank) page in Word, the orientation may change. For instance, the second page has the portrait orientation and after deleting the third page, the orientation was landscape. Here’s what you need to do to avoid this common issue:
Click on the page that precedes the blank page you want to delete. Go to Page Setup. Click OK, no changes needed. Then click on the last page you want to delete and press F4. In this way, the last operation will be repeated, and the same page setup will be applied.