How to Delete a Blank Page in Word – A Step by Step Tutorial

This one frustrates a lot of Microsoft Word users.

You are working on a word document and when you are done, you see some additional pages at the end (or may be in the middle) of the document.

And this happens more often than not.

How to Delete a Blank Page in Word

There could be more than one reasons for that additional page in your word document. In this tutorial, you will learn various ways to delete a blank page in Word.

  • Using Delete/Backspace Method
  • Using Navigation Panel
  • Identifying and Deleting Non-printing Characters
  • Handling Non-printing Characters when Working with Tables

You should know that there is no one-size-that-fits-all when it comes to MS  Word. The same problem could be a result of many different things. If one of the methods doesn’t work for you while you try to delete a blank page in word-  try the others.

Solution #1 – Using Delete/Backspace Method

This one is the easiest of them all.

If you see additional pages at the end (or middle) of the your word document, here are the steps to tackle this:

  • Go to the end of the page that you want to delete. If the page is at the end of the document, use the keyboard shortcut – Control + End – to go to the end of the document.
  • Click backspace key till you delete that blank page (as shown below):

How to Delete a blank page in word - backspaceYou can also use this technique if you have blank pages somewhere in the middle of the document. Just click at the end of each document and use the backspace key to delete that blank page.

Solution #2 – Using the Navigation Panel

Another quick and easy way to delete a blank page in Word is to use the navigation panel in the View tab in the ribbon. Using this method, you can easily select the pages you want to delete and hit the delete key.

Here is how to to this:

  • Go to the View Tab in the ribbon. In the Show group check the Navigation Pane option.
    How to Delete a blank page in word - Navigation Pane
  • It will open the Navigation Pane at the left of your document.
    How to Delete a blank page in word - Navigation pane on the left
  • In the Navigation Pane, select the page you want to delete.
  • Press the Delete key and hold it till the page has been deleted.

Solution #3 – Identifying and Deleting Non-printing Characters

If you have the extra pages in the middle of the document, you may not want to mindlessly keep on hitting the delete or backspace key.

There is a way you can make all the non printing characters (such as line break and paragraph mark) visible in the document, and then you can just delete these to delete a blank page in word.

Here is how to do this:

  • Go to Home –> Paragraph –> ¶
    • Click on this icon that looks like a mirror image of P with two legs. As soon as you do this, it will make all the non-printing characters visible in the document.
      How to Delete a blank page in word - non-printing icon in Home Tab
  • Select these non-printing characters and delete it.
    How to Delete a blank page in word - show non-printing charatcters

Solution #4 – Handling Non-printing Characters when Working with Tables

Word can be quite stubborn sometimes. When none of these above techniques work, ask yourself – Is there a table in the document?

If you answer is yes, these is still hope for you.

Here is one issue with using Tables in Word – it automatically inserts a non-printing characters after the table. And the worst part, you can’t delete this non-printing character (arghhhh..).

But there is a way around this.

Let’s first establish that it is a table that is causing the additional page in word. Follow these steps:

  • Go to Home –> Paragraph –> ¶ How to Delete a blank page in word - non-printing icon in Home Tab
  • Go to the page that has the table. You will see that there is a non-printing characters right below the table. If the table is at the end of the page, the non-printing character would go to the next page leading to an additional page.
  • You can’t delete this character (try it). So the workaround is to select it and make the font size 1.How to Delete a blank page in word - make font size 1
  • This should remove the extra page. The non-printing character below the table still exists, but it’s too small to be seen.How to delete a blank page in word - change font in table non printing character

These are the four ways you can use to get rid of those extra pages that show up without invitation.

Note: I have tried these with MS Word 2013. While I believe these work the same way in 2007 and 2010, there may be minor difference in doing this.

Hope you have enjoyed this article. Let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment.

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