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How to delete a page in Google Docs

There are a few reasons you might want to delete a page in Google Docs. You may decide to remove all of the content on a particular page, you might have a blank page in the middle, or you may have a lingering blank page at the end of your document.

Here, we’ll show you how to delete a page in Google Docs for each of these situations.




5 minutes

What You Need

  • Web browser

  • Google account

All text selected on a page in Google Docs.

Delete a page with content

If you have a page full of content, whether text, images, or both, you can delete it easily.

Step 1: Select all of the content on the page. You can do this by dragging your cursor through it all, which highlights it.

Step 2: Press Backspace on Windows or Delete on Mac to delete the content.

Step 3: If removing the content leaves you with a blank page, press Backspace or Delete while your cursor is at the top of the page. This should move you to the previous page.

Cursor at the top of a page before the text.

Delete a blank page

Maybe you have a blank page in the middle of your document. This could happen if you insert a page break or if you previously deleted a body of content.

Step 1: Go to the page following the blank page.

Step 2: Place your cursor at the start of the text on that next page, before the first word.

Step 3: Press Backspace or Delete on your keyboard.

This should move the text from the following page up to the blank page, thus eliminating the blank page.

(Note: You may need to press the Backspace or Delete key multiple times to move the entire page of text to the blank page.)

Custom Spacing in Google Docs for After paragraphs.

Delete a blank page at the end

As you create your document, adding and adjusting the text and spacing, you can see a blank page pop up at the end of the document.

One way to remove the blank page is to place your cursor at the end of it and continually press Backspace or Delete until you reach the previous page.

If this doesn’t work, you might need to adjust the spacing. You may have too much space at the end of the paragraph on the previous page, which is creating a new page.

Step 1: Go to Format > Line and paragraph spacing in the menu and select Custom spacing in the pop-out menu.

Step 2: Adjust the number below Paragraph spacing for After. If this number is above zero, this can be the culprit.

Step 3: After you adjust the spacing, select Apply and you should see your blank page vanish.

Bottom margin setting in Google Docs.

Double-check your bottom margin

One other thing to check that could be causing a blank page is your bottom margin. If this margin is set too high, it can cause a blank page at the end of the document as well.

Step 1: Go to File and pick Page setup.

Step 2: In the pop-up box, check the measurement for the Bottom margin. Normally, this is set to 1 inch by default.

Step 3: You can change the Bottom measurement to a smaller number and pick OK.

This can also remove a blank page at the end of your document. But note that it may affect the appearance of your remaining pages.

Now that you know how to delete a page in Google Docs, take a look at some of the best new features of Google Docs you might find useful. Or if you’re considering moving to Microsoft Word, check out our comparison of Word versus Docs.

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