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How to delete a page in Word (including a blank page)

Blank pages in a document can make an unprofessional impression on editors or potential employers. Microsoft Word is known to create blank pages in a document, so you should make sure to delete them whenever possible. Lucky for you, we can show you how to delete a page in Word in just a few steps. Should you also need to delete a page that has text and graphics, our guide includes instructions for that as well.

Difficulty

Easy

Duration

10 minutes

What You Need

  • A Word document

  • Microsoft Word

  • A PC

How to delete a page in Word

Step 1: Select the page you want to delete. Either scroll to the page or use the Go To function (Ctrl + G in Windows, Option + CMD + G in macOS).

When you’ve found the page, click or tap anywhere on it to select it.

Step 2: Select the whole page, not just some of its content.

Step 3: Delete the page. Double-check that you’ve selected the entirety of the page you want to delete, and then press the Delete key.

How to remove a blank page in Word

Step 1: To find the blank page(s), open up the Navigation pane. You can do so by selecting View from the top menu and making sure that the Navigation pane box is ticked. That should open up a new column on the left-hand side, showing all the pages in your document. If it doesn’t, make sure to select the Pages tab in it.

Blank pages in a Word document.
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Step 2: Scroll through the list to find the blank page(s) you want to delete. Pick one and double click or select it to jump straight to it.

Step 3: Hold Ctrl + Shift + 8 on Windows or Command + 8 if you’re using a Mac to make the paragraph markers visible.

Step 4: Select the paragraph markers by clicking and dragging, or use the arrow keys and hold down the Shift key. You can eliminate the paragraph markers by pressing the Delete key, but this will also close out the blank page altogether.

Issues that make page deletion in Word difficult

If the above didn't work, here are a few other issues that might be causing you trouble: * Section breaks — A page, even a blank one, with a section break will be difficult to delete. Get rid of the section break first and try again. * Page breaks — Just as with section breaks, page breaks are known to cause issues. Get rid of them before trying to remove the page. * Tables and images — Due to formatting issues, Word often leaves more space than you may predict it would need to after an image or table. If your document ends with a table or image, there is a large possibility that you will have a blank page "stuck" to the end of the document. To see if this is your issue, you can temporarily delete a few lines and see if the blank page disappears.

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