Ever been completely stumped by a task that should be incredibly easy?
Me too. It’s the worst feeling. After you’ve done all the hard work, you simply cannot figure out how to do that one simple thing. In this case, it’s deleting that extra unwanted page you have in Microsoft Word that just doesn’t want to go away.
How to delete a page in Word
- Press Ctrl+G (or Option+⌘+G on a Mac)
- A window pops up and in the 'Enter page number:' field type \page
- Hit enter then 'close'
- Hit backspace to delete the entire page.
Thankfully, once you know how to do it, it’s easy!
How to delete a page in Word
There are several different ways you can delete the unwanted page in your Microsoft Word document. I’ll go through each option step-by-step, so next time you’ll be ready to banish that annoying extra page!
1. Press the backspace key
This one is easy. Move the cursor to the bottom of the page you want to delete, then press the backspace key over and over until the page finally deletes. Sometimes it only requires one or two backspace presses, other times it’s much more. If you’re feeling particularly frustrated with Word, this might be a good way to let loose some steam.
2. Select the page content and delete
In Word, press ⌘+Option+G (or Ctrl+G) to open up the ‘Find and Replace’ window. It will automatically be opened on the ‘Go to’ tab. In the field box that says ‘Enter page number:’ type \page.
Press ‘enter’ and then click ‘Close.’ Now any content that exists on that page is selected. Hit the backspace key and ta-da! That pesky page is gone.
3. View the page and delete
Go to the ‘View’ tab and check the box next to ‘Navigation Pane.’
A sidebar will appear on the left with each page of your document. Click on the page you wish to remove. Hit backspace until the page is deleted.
4. Make any extra paragraphs smaller
Extra paragraphs at the end of your document may be the reason you have an extra page. You can look by clicking the ‘Show/Hide P' (P being the paragraph symbol) button on the ‘Home’ tab.
If there are paragraph marks leaking onto another page, you might be able to simply delete them. If they cannot be deleted, you can make them smaller and force them onto the page above. To do so, change the font size to 01.
Now that they are smaller, they should move onto the top page, which means the page they were on will be deleted!
Tip: If the paragraphs remain on the blank page, don’t despair. This happens often when there are tables or graphs at the end of a page. There’s another trick you can try.
Right-click on the empty paragraph and select ‘Paragraph.’ Navigate to the ‘Line and Page Breaks’ tab. Clear out the ‘Page break before’ box so that it is empty.
That should solve any issues with stubborn paragraphs!
5. Delete a page break
While you have the paragraph marks showing, check to see if there are any manual page breaks above or on the page in question. If there is a page break — you’ll be able to tell as it will say ‘page break’ — delete it.
When it is gone, the extra page will be gone with it.
To hide the paragraph marks, hit the ‘Show/Hide P’ button again.
6. Double check your sections are set up correctly
Still having trouble? Your sections might be set up incorrectly. To check, go to the ‘Layout’ tab and select Margins. A drop-down menu will appear. From there, click on ‘Custom Margins…’
A pop-up window will appear. Look to the drop-down menu next to ‘Section start:’ located at the top of the window. Make sure ‘New page’ is selected.
Then click ‘OK.’
You have deleted the page in Word!
One of these methods should have worked for you, and now you can move on without that extra page hindering you and your Microsoft Word document.
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