Editors and potential employers may get the wrong idea from a paper with blank pages. Microsoft Word is notorious for adding blank pages to documents, therefore you should always remove them.
Fortunately, we can demonstrate how to quickly and easily remove a page in Microsoft Word.
Our mission is to save other people from the anguish of staring at empty pages. Since many people use Microsoft Word to create documents, we thought we’d throw together a little how-to for getting rid of extra pages if and when they creep up in your documents.
If you need to remove a page with text and images from Word, you’ll find that information in our tutorial as well.
Instructions for Removing a Complete Word Document Page
We can show you how to delete a page in Word, but it’s important to note that there are subtle differences between deleting a page containing text and graphics and a blank page. Let’s begin with a basic tutorial on how to remove an entire page in Microsoft Word.
Step 1: Selecting a page is the first step toward deleting it. You can either manually navigate to the page you need or use the Go to function (Windows: Ctrl + G; Mac: Option + Command + G).
Once you’ve located the page, pick anywhere on it.
Step 2: click and drag to select everything on the page. This may seem like a redundant step, but it’s necessary to ensure Word deletes the entire page and not just the selected text. There are two possible approaches to this:
The first approach: In the Enter page number box of the Go to function (Ctrl + G; Option + Command + G on a Mac), enter “page.” Click Close after selecting Go to (or pressing Enter/Return on your keyboard).
(Please be aware that this seems to only function for fully-loaded pages. If your page is only partially populated with text or graphics, you may find that the second selection approach below works best for your needs.
The second option is to use a cursor drag to select all of the text on the page. You need to drag your cursor past the end of the content as if you were picking the blank areas of the page as well if you want to select a page that is only partially filled with content. If you skip that stage, the next one might not turn out the way you hoped.
Step 3: Get rid of the page for good. Even though Microsoft Word lacks a specialized page-delete feature, after selecting the page’s content, erasing it is a breeze.
To delete an entire page, highlight it, make sure the full page is selected, and then press the Delete key.
Word’s Blank Page Deletion Instructions
Word isn’t the only text editor guilty of adding blank pages at the conclusion of your document for no apparent reason. It’s best practice to get rid of those before sending anything to your employer or the printer. Here’s how to get rid of a blank page in Word:
- First, open the Navigation pane to locate the empty page(s). To achieve this, go to the View menu and make sure the Navigation pane checkbox is selected.
- To view all the pages in your document, click Pages in the sidebar on the left.
- The third action is to use the keyboard’s Delete key.
- It’s time to get rid of that blank page.