Delete a page in Word

To delete a page in Word, you delete what's on the page, or adjust layout and formatting to reduce the number of pages in your document

Sometimes a document's non-deletable end-paragraph spills over to a blank page. The way to delete the blank page is to make the end-paragraph fit onto the preceding page.

  1. Press Ctrl+Shift+8 (⌘+8 on a Mac) to show paragraph marks.

  2. Select the paragraph mark.

  3. Click inside the Font size box, type 01, and then press Enter .

    Setting font size to 1

    The paragraph now fits on the preceding page, removing the unwanted blank page.

  4. Press Ctrl+Shift+8 again to hide the paragraph marks (⌘+8 on a Mac).

If that paragraph still doesn't fit on the preceding page, you can make the bottom margin smaller (Layout tab > Margins > Custom Margins, and set the bottom margin to something small, like 0.3 inches).

Table layouts, often used in resume templates, can push the end-paragraph to a new, blank page.

Tip: Sometimes a paragraph generates a new page because it's been set up to do exactly that. Try right-clicking an empty paragraph, and select Paragraph. On the Lines and Page Breaks tab of the Paragraph dialog box, clear the selection from Page break before, and then click OK. Clear the Page Break Before check box on the Line and Page Breaks tab of the Paragraph dialog box

To delete a page that contains text or graphics, select the content you want to delete--from the top to the bottom of the page--and press Delete on your keyboard.

A page might appear blank because it's full of empty paragraphs. To make the empty paragraphs easier to select, press Ctrl+Shift+8 (⌘+8 on a Mac). Now you can select and delete the paragraphs, just as you would if they contained text.

Page full of empty paragraphs selected

Press Ctrl+Shift+8 again to hide the paragraph marks (⌘+8 on a Mac).

Note: Word Online doesn't show paragraph marks, but you can still delete empty paragraphs by backspacing or deleting over empty parts of the document. Word Online does display manual page breaks; select and delete them to remove unwanted blank pages.

Page breaks tell Word where to start a new page. A manual page break might be making an unwanted blank page in your document.

  1. To see manual page breaks, switch to showing paragraph marks: Press Ctrl+Shift+8 (⌘+8 on a Mac).

  2. Now you can select the page break and delete it.

    A page break at the bottom of a Word page

Next Page, Odd Page, and Even Page section breaks may create a blank page in your document. If the blank page occurs at the end of your document and you have a section break there, place your cursor directly before the section break and press Delete.

Tip: To more easily find section breaks, try switching to Draft on the View tab.
An Even Page Section Break at the bottom of a page in Word.

In the middle of a document, deleting section breaks can cause formatting problems. In these cases, try changing the section break to one that doesn't generate a new page. Here's how:

  1. Double click the section break.

  2. On the Layout tab of the dialog box, click the Section start drop down and select Continuous.

  3. Click OK.

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See Also

If the blank page appears only when you print and doesn't appear in Word, your printer is probably configured to print separator pages. Check the settings on the printer.

For page layout capability, and the ability to delete pages by selecting them, try using Publisher; it's part of an Office 365 Home or Office 365 Personal subscription. See plan details.

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