Delete a Page in MS Word: How to Remove Blank or Extra Pages from Microsoft Word Document

Here are different ways to delete a blank page from MS Word.

Microsoft Word is one of the most commonly used software in the market. It is a word processing software developed by the tech giant, Microsoft and it is popularly known as MS Word. The Word is part of the Microsoft Office suite of software, which can be purchased either with a perpetual license or as part of a Microsoft 365 subscription. 

While preparing a document for submission or presentation, having a blank page can look unprofessional and it can be a headache too quite often. In case you are looking to delete page/pages in Word, we have made this guide for you. A Word includes a non-delegable end-paragraph that sometimes gets pushed out to a new, blank page at the end of a document. The way to delete the page is to make the end-paragraph fit onto the preceding page.

In this article, we will take a look at how we can resolve this issue and much more using simple steps. We will take a look at the easiest way to delete the black page, how to delete pages with graphics and texts, delete pages using paragraph marks, using the navigation pane, using the Find and Replace tool, and more.

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How to Delete a Blank Page in MS Word

Here is how you can delete a page in MS Word if you have a Windows laptop or PC:

  1. Place your cursor at the end of the document after all the full stops, commas, images, etc. 
  2. Press the “Delete” key on your keyboard until the blank page/pages disappear

You can also place the cursor at the end and click on Backspace. 

On Mac, you can press  “fn + delete.” You can also place the cursor at the end and click on Delete. 

How to Delete a Page in Word that has Text and Graphics in It

This is also an easy process. You can just select the text or graphic content and then press the backspace or delete key. The content may be text, charts and other graphics in the document. To successfully delete a page, make sure the graphics are highlighted or they will not be deleted from the page. 

Delete a Page in MS Word Using Paragraph Marks

  1. Press Ctrl+Shift+8 (⌘+8 on a Mac) to show paragraph marks
  2. Select the paragraph mark
  3. Select inside the Font size box, type 01, and then press Enter (make sure you have selected the Home tab on top)
  4. Setting font size to 1
  5. The paragraph now fits on the preceding page, removing the unwanted blank page
  6. Press Ctrl+Shift+8 again to hide the paragraph marks (⌘+8 on a Mac)

Delete a Page in MS Word Using Navigation Pane

  1. Click on the “View” tab and then click on the “Navigation Pane” check box

  2. Go to the “Pages” option under Navigation

  3. Select the blank/empty page that’s visible on the left of your screen

  4. Hit the “Delete” button on your laptop/PC

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Delete a Page in MS Word Using Find and Replace Tool

Windows:

  1. Click or tap anywhere on the page you want to delete, and press Ctrl+G
  2. In the Enter page number box
  3. Press Enter on your keyboard and then select Close
  4. Verify that a page of content is selected, and then press Delete on your keyboard

Mac:

  1. Click or tap anywhere on the page you want to delete, and press Option+⌘+G
  2. In the Enter page number box
  3. Press Enter on your keyboard and then select Close
  4. Verify that a page of content is selected, and then press Delete on your keyboard

Delete Whitespace in Word When After Tables or Images

In a document, it is common to have a table or images. Usually, most of us add these after completely writing the text document and once added, the image or the table might be forced to move out to the next page. However, there are a few workarounds for the same. Let’s take a look at each of them. 

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Reduce Font Size

This particular method will avoid a table from carrying over to the next page due to the whitespace under it.

  1. On Windows, press “Ctrl + Shift + 8” and on Mac, press “command key (⌘) + 8”
  2. This will enable the paragraph marks
  3. Right-click the paragraph symbol next to the space you want to removeReduce Font Size
  4. Type in the lowest “1” as the font size 
  5. This will shrink the blank row down and gives you more space on the page

Adjust Paragraph Spacing

Once you have opened a document, follow these steps to adjust paragraph spacing on the document. 

  1. under Home > Paragraph options, select the “Line and Paragraph Spacing” option (refer to figure)Adjust Paragraph Spacing
  2. Select the “Remove Space After Paragraph” option 
  3. Extra spaces from the document after paragraph will be removed

Hide Whitespace

In case your word document is unable to fit an image or a table at the bottom of the page, you can make their site on the page by eliminating the whitespaces on the previous space. The below-mentioned steps will remove the whitespace between pages so, you can easily place the image/table right below the content.

  1. Open a document with an image splitting to the next page
  2. In the top menu bar, click on “Layout > Margins and then select “Custom Margins”
  3. Enter the Top and Bottom margin as “0” (zero)
  4. Click “Ok”
  5. The image will come up and fit on the page

 

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