Blank pages in a document may give an unprofessional impression on editors or potential employers. Microsoft Word is known to be making blank pages in a document. Before you touch the send button, make sure you remove it whenever possible.
Our aim is to help others avoid the hassle of blank pages. Since Microsoft Word is the most commonly used document maker out there, we’ve created the following guide to help you remove those unwanted pages should they appear in this specific word processor.
How to Remove a Blank Page on Word
Many text editors, including Word, have the habit of generating blank pages at the end of your document for no apparent reason. It’s generally a smart idea to delete those before you fire them off to your supervisor or printer. You can use a few simple ways to make the procedure as quick as possible.
- Step 1: Open the Navigation panel to locate the blank page(s). You can do this by choosing View from the top menu and making sure the Navigation Pane box is checked. This should open a new column on the left side, displaying all the pages in your document.
- Step 2: Scroll through the list to find the blank page(s) that you want to erase. Choose one and double click or tap to skip right to it.
- Step 3: Hold Ctrl+Shift+8 on Windows or Command+8 if you are using a Mac to make the paragraph markers accessible. Even if the page looks blank, there are paragraph markers that make the software think there is content on the page.
- Step 4: Select the paragraph markers by clicking and dragging, or use the arrow keys to hold down the Shift key. Click the Delete key to erase the paragraph marks, and the entire blank page will vanish.
If you don’t want to delete the paragraph marker, you can move it to the end of your document. Once you have the paragraph markers where you need them, you can modify them by adjusting the font size. Click the Home tab and put “1” in the Font Size box, and press Enter to lock the size. After you have made all the required changes, you can hide the paragraph markers again
by holding Ctrl+Shift+8 on Windows or Command+8 on Mac.
How to Remove a Page on Word With Text and Graphics
- Step 1: Select the page you want to delete
The first step in removing a page is to make sure it is selected. The last thing you want to do is to remove the wrong one. You can either scroll to the page or use the Go To function (Ctrl + G on Windows, CMD + G on macOS).
When you’ve found the page, click or tap anywhere to select it.
- Step 2: Select the whole page
It may seem like you’ve already done this move, but this is so that Word knows you want to uninstall the whole page, not just some of the stuff on it. Open the Go To function (Ctrl + G, or Option + CMD + G if you are on a Mac) and type the 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 does not have a dedicated page deleting tool, so now that we have selected the entire page, we can remove it very quickly. Double-check if you have selected the whole page you wish to remove, and then click the Delete key.