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. Before you hit the send button, you should make sure to delete them whenever possible.
Our goal is to help others avoid the frustration associated with blank pages. Since Microsoft Word is a popular document creator, we’ve put together the following guide to help you delete those unwanted pages should they crop up in this particular word processor. Should you also need to delete a page that has text and graphics, our guide includes instructions for that as well.
Step 1: Select the page you want to delete
The first step in deleting a page is making sure it’s selected. The last thing you want to do is delete the wrong one. 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
It might sound like you’ve already done this step, but this is so that Word knows that you want to delete the whole page, not just some of the content on it. Open the Go To function (Ctrl + G, or Option + CMD + G if you’re on a Mac) and type page in the Enter Page Number box. Then select Go To (or press Enter on your keyboard) followed by Close.
Step 3: Delete the page
Microsoft Word doesn’t have a dedicated page deletion tool, but now that we’ve selected the whole page, we can delete it very easily. Double-check that you’ve selected the entirety of the page you want to delete, and then press the Delete key.
Most text editors, Word included, have a habit of creating blank pages at the end of your document for seemingly no reason. Deleting those before you fire it off to your boss (here’s how to recall it if you didn’t) or the printer is usually a good idea. To make the process as fast as possible, you can use a couple of quick methods.
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.
Step 2: Scroll through the list to find the blank page(s) you want to delete. Pick one and double click or tap 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.
You can place the paragraph markers at the bottom of your document if you think you will use them again later. When you have reached proper placement for your paragraph markers, you can alter them by increasing or decreasing font size. Click on the Home tab and put “1” in the Font Size box, and press Enter to lock in the size. After you’ve made all necessary changes, you can hide the paragraph markers again by holding Ctrl + Shift + 8 on Windows or Command + 8 on a Mac.
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