Delete a page in Microsoft Word

Don’t feel bad if you have trouble deleting a page in Microsoft Word† While it may seem like it should be a simple task, deleting a page in Word can be extremely frustrating. Even the most tech-savvy users may find it difficult to delete a page in Word.

The problem seems to occur most often when you want to delete a blank page at the end of your document. Whatever you do, you can’t delete that blank page. This could be for several reasons, but don’t worry. If you try the suggestions below, one of them will undoubtedly solve your problem.

3 Ways to Delete a Page in Microsoft Word

Here are three ways you can delete a page from your Microsoft Word document. If one method doesn’t work, try the other!

1. Delete a last blank page in Word with your keyboard

This method is very simple and works most of the time.

  1. Place your cursor at the top of the blank page at the end of your document.
  2. Make sure there’s nothing on that page. For example, there may be an invisible paragraph at the end of your text. Select all you can on the blank page. In the screen cap below, the invisible paragraph is selected.
  1. Press backspace to remove the selection.
  2. Press backspace to delete the blank page.

2. Remove a blank page by removing the page break

By turning on paragraph marks and others hidden symbols, you will see where Microsoft Word has inserted a page break. Once you know where the page break is, you can delete it. You can use this method to delete a last blank page in your document.

  1. In the Section section de House tab of the menu ribbon in Word, select the Show hide ¶ button, or press Ctrl+* Ctrl+Shift+8
  1. Now you will see all page breaks inserted in your document.
  2. Find the offending page break and select it with the cursor.
  1. Press backspace to remove the page break.
  2. Select the Show hide ¶ button again to disable formatting marks.

3. Delete a blank page in Word from the View menu

This method of removing a blank page from a Word document is good for removing any blank page no matter where it is in the document.

  1. Select the Vision tab on the menu ribbon.
  2. Then, in the Show section of the menu, check the box next to Navigation Panel
  1. Select Pages in the navigation pane.
  1. Select the page you want to delete.
  1. press the remove key.

Fix problems deleting a page in Word

Sometimes Word will add a paragraph at the end of your document that just can’t be deleted, even if it doesn’t contain any text. If the above methods don’t work to delete a blank page in your Microsoft Word document, here’s what you can try.

Make that last, invisible paragraph as small as possible

  1. In the Section section de House tab of the menu ribbon in Word, select the Show hide ¶ button, or press Ctrl+* Ctrl+Shift+8
  1. Select the paragraph mark at the end of that non-deletable paragraph at the end of your document.
  1. In the Font size on the Start tab of the menu, type 1† You make the font size for that paragraph as small as possible.

Adjust the bottom margin of your document

If that annoying last paragraph is still pushed onto a blank page at the end of your document, try adjusting the bottom margin of your document to make room for it.

  1. Select the Layout tab in the menu ribbon.
  2. Select margins
  3. Select Custom Margins
  1. Make the bottom margin smaller. You can try this in steps. For example, if the bottom margin of your document is set to 1″, try 0.9″ first.
  2. Select Okay
  3. If that doesn’t work, repeat the steps, decreasing the bottom margin until your issue is resolved.

Convert the document to PDF and delete the blank page in the process

If all else fails, you can remove the last blank page by converting your document to PDF.

  1. Select File and then Save as
  2. Navigate to the folder where you want to save your document.
  3. In the Save as dialog box, below Save as typeTo elect pdf (*.pdf)
  4. Select Options
  1. In the Options dialog box, below Page Rangeselect pages)and enter the page range for your document. DO NOT add the last blank page.
  1. Select the Okay knob.
  2. Select the Save knob.

Now you have a PDF version of your document without the last blank page. If you want, you can convert the PDF back to Word.

How to Convert PDF to Word

A . to convert PDF document to a Microsoft Word document that used to require third-party software, and it was really annoying. Word now includes that capability by default.

  1. Open Microsoft Word.
  2. Select File Open
  3. Navigate to the folder containing your PDF and select it.
  1. Select the Open knob.
  2. You will likely see a message from Microsoft Word warning you that the conversion process may take some time to generate and that depending on the formatting and presence of images, it may not look exactly like the original PDF. Check the box if you don’t want to see that message again.
  1. Select Okay

Once Word has finished converting your PDF to Word, the Word document will open. Since you didn’t include that last blank page when you converted from Word to PDF, the blank page will disappear from the document when you convert the PDF back to Word.

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