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How to remove a blank page in Word

Blank pages in Microsoft Word are usually the result of extra paragraphs or page breaks. If you’ve tried deleting a blank page by clicking the bottom-right corner of a blank page and pressing the delete key until it disappears (and failing), you can solve the problem by deleting any hidden formatting marks delete Learn how to view and delete paragraph marks and page breaks, and what to do if you find one that can’t be deleted.

Remove excess paragraphs and page breaks

Open the document in Word.

In many cases, blank pages in Microsoft Word come from extra paragraphs or page breaks. To find out if this is what’s causing you trouble, you should view the formatting marks in Word.

Press

Ctrl-Shift 8 ⌘ Cmd 8 Now you can see the paragraph marks (¶) at the beginning of each empty line and at the end of the paragraphs. You may also see lines that say “page break”.

Go to the blank page.

If you see a ¶ or a line that says “page break” on the blank page, you need to delete it.

Mark the ¶ or the text page break with the mouse.

If you see both (or more than one of each), tag them all together.

Press the

Delete This should delete all ¶ marks and page breaks. You may have to press Delete a few more times to delete the entire page. If there’s a paragraph mark that you can’t delete, it’s probably the end of a table. If so, read the next section.

Turn off paragraph markers.

Now you can make these markers invisible again. Click on the ¶ icon or use one of these keyboard shortcuts: Windows: Ctrl + ⇧ Shift + 8 Mac: ⌘ Cmd + 8

Delete a blank page at the end of a table

Open the document in Word.

Blank pages that should not be deleted can appear in documents that end with a table. The table’s location requires Word to store the document’s formatting information in a blank paragraph directly below the table. You can’t delete this paragraph, but you can shrink it to remove the blank page. Try this method if you’re using a Word template (e.g. for resumes, overviews, brochures, etc.) as they usually contain tables.

Navigate to the tab

Table If you don’t see the tab at the top of the screen, click anywhere in the text just above the blank page and it should appear.

Click on the tab

Table The table settings are displayed in the top bar.

Select “Show Grid”.

Now you should see visible lines around the text just before the unwanted blank page.

Turn on paragraph markers.

This will cause a series of paragraph marks (¶) to appear on your page. How to do it: Windows: Ctrl + ⇧ Shift + 8 Mac: ⌘ Cmd + 8

Choose the ¶ just below the table.

If you see more than one ¶, use the mouse to select them all.

Navigate to the tab

Start Now that the paragraph character is selected, it’s time to change the font size.

Click once in the Font size box.

The box shows a number (e.g. 12) and is right next to the font name (e.g. Times New Roman).

Press

1 ↵ Enter This reduces the size of the hidden paragraph so that it doesn’t need its own blank page. The blank page should disappear immediately.

Turn off paragraph markers again.

Now you can make them invisible again. Click the ¶ icon or use one of these keyboard shortcuts: Windows: Ctrl + ⇧ Shift + 8 Mac: ⌘ Cmd + 8

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Elizabeth Matthews

Elizabeth Matthews is a New York City-based freelance writer who covers a wide range of topics, including business, personal finance, SEO, and life hacks. Her work has appeared in Money, SavingGuru, Forbes, ABCNews, and Coupons.com.