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 can delete blank pages.
Our goal is to relieve others of the frustration associated with blank pages. Since Microsoft Word is the most used document creator out there, we have created a guide to deleting those unwanted blank pages.
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, or CMD + G if you’re on a Mac).
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 CMD + G if you’re on a Mac) and type page in the Enter page number box. Then select Go To, 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.
How to delete a blank page in Word
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), we want to 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: Press Ctrl + Shift + 8 (or if you’re on a Mac, CMD + 8) to show the paragraph markers that created the blank page in the first place.
Step 4: Click and drag to select all the paragraph marks and press the Delete key to remove them and the blank page. Alternatively, if you only have a few paragraph marks and want to move them onto the last page instead, you can select them all and change their font size by going back to the Home tab in the top bar, and typing “1” into the font size box, then pressing Enter.