How to Delete a Blank Page in Word?

how to delete a blank page in word

So, you’d like to remove a blank page in Word. Usually, hitting the delete/backspace key on your keyboard enough times should work just fine. However, sometimes it may not be so easy.

How to Remove a Blank Page in Word

The best way to remove a blank page in Microsoft Word is simply using the delete/backspace key. However, your cursor placement before removing is key.

  1. Start by putting the cursor at the bottom of the blank page in Word. If there is any space at the top of the following page, you may need to place the mouse at the start of that blank line to remove any extra blank space.

    Cursor at the top of a page in Microsoft Word
  2. Press the delete/backspace key on the keyboard until you’ve removed every blank line and the entire blank page is gone. You may need to adjust any remaining blank lines, so the start of the next page starts at the very top.

    Screenshot of deleted blank page
  3. Another method to delete a blank page in Word is by putting the cursor at the top of the blank page, holding down the Shift key, and pressing the down arrow on the keyboard until the entire blank page is selected. Once you’ve done that, you can press the delete/backspace key (just once) to delete the whole blank page.

    Screenshot of selecting entire blank page first

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How Do I Delete a Page in Word That Won’t Delete?

If you’ve tried the process above, but the blank page didn’t delete, there could be several reasons. Blank pages may not always show up in particular layout views, or some formatting issues in Word can create blank pages even when none shows up in the page layout view.

  1. If you can’t delete the blank page in standard view, try deleting it in the Navigation pane. Select the View menu, and enable Navigation Pane in the Show area of the ribbon.

    View tab and Navigation Pane box in Microsoft Word ribbon
  2. In the Navigation pane on the left, pick the blank page from the list of pages. Once it’s selected, press the delete/backspace key, and the blank page should disappear.

    Blank page highlighted in the Microsoft Word navigation pane
  3. Another thing that can make it so you can’t delete a blank page is if you or another person put a page break in it. You can get rid of this by making sure that a page break starts a new page. This will allow you to get rid of the blank page. To change the setting for this area, choose Layout from the menu bar and then choose Margins from the ribbon. After that, choose Custom Margins.

    Layout Tab and Custom margins in Microsoft Word
  4. Select the Layouts tab. In the Section Start dropdown, select New page. Select OK. It should make the blank page appear in a new section so you can delete it.

    Layout tab and New Page in Microsoft Word Page Setup window
  5. An embedded page break is another way users can make a blank page. Check to see if there’s a page break by looking for visible formatting lines. Select File, Options, and Display in the left pane. Enable the option to the left of Show all style marks. Select OK.

    Display tab and Show all formatting marks in Microsoft Word Options window
  6. Scroll through your text and look through the formatting marks. Look for the Page Break formatting mark, ideally, around the blank page you want to delete. Just highlight the style mark and press the delete/backspace key to delete the blank page.

    Page Break formatting mark in Microsoft Word

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Tables and Blank Pages in Word

A table inserted at the end of a page can also make a blank page in Word. Tables automatically have a paragraph at the end, making a blank page at the end of your document.

  1. You might be able to get rid of this blank page by putting the cursor at the top of it and hitting the delete or backspace key. If this doesn’t work, try something else.

    Cursor at the top of a page in Microsoft Word
  2. Use the same steps as in the part above to turn on formatting marks. Mark the paragraph below the table, right-click on it, and choose Paragraph from the menu. Make sure that the sizes of Indentation and Spacing are both set to 0pt.

    Indention set to 0pt in Microsoft Word paragraph window
  3. If that didn’t work, right-click on the paragraph mark and change the font size of the paragraph to the least setting.

    Font size in Microsoft Word paragraph toolbar
  4. See if you can make the paragraph go away. Mark the paragraph mark with the cursor, click the callout button in the Font section of the Home menu, and check the box next to the Hidden option in the Effects section.

    Callout arrow in Word ribbon and Hidden in the Font window
  5. If nothing else works, try removing one of the paragraph marks above the table to move it up the page so that the blank page below disappears.

    Paragraph table at the bottom of a page in Word

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