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How to Delete a Page in Word (Blank Page or Regular Page)

We show you how to delete a page in Microsoft Word safely and efficiently, including blank and extra pages.


A blank page may be useful if you’re planning to continue your document, but it can look very unprofessional when you’re sending off a finished document. As a result, it’s important that you know how to delete a blank page in Word when you have no need for it.
We’re going to walk you through the process to remove pages from your document that you don’t need. This includes pages that have content on them and the trickier ones that don’t.
The truth is that there are a few different ways to delete a page in Word, but the methods we’ll be showing are what we consider to be the safest and most foolproof. The last thing you want is to delete content you actually need.

How to Delete a Page in Word That Has Text, Images or Other Elements

This method is perfect for removing pages filled with content such as text, images, shapes, or any other elements. It’s a straightforward way to clean up your document by eliminating unnecessary pages.

  1. Navigate to Your Page

    To locate the page you want to delete, press Ctrl + G to open the “Go To” menu. In the “Go to what” column, select “Page”. Enter the page number in “Enter page number:”, click “Go To”, and then “Close”. This ensures you’re precisely where you need to be.
    Windows 10 - Word - Go to Page - Close

  2. Select and Delete the Page

    With your cursor at the start of the page, hold Shift and click at the end of the page to select all content. Press the Delete key to remove all selected content, effectively deleting the page.
    Windows 10 - Word - Go to Page - Select it and Delete

How to Delete a Blank Page in Word

Blank pages can disrupt the flow of your document. This method will guide you through finding and removing any blank pages to ensure a clean and professional-looking document.

  1. Switch to Print Layout and Enable the Navigation Pane

    Ensure you’re in the “Print Layout” view by clicking the “View” tab and selecting it. Then, activate the “Navigation Pane” by clicking the “Show” button drop-down and checking it. This opens a pane showing an overview of all pages, making it easier to locate the blank one.
    Windows 10 - Word - View - Print Layout - Check Navigation Pane

  2. Remove the Blank Page Using Paragraph Markers

    Find the blank page using the Navigation Pane. Click on the page and press Ctrl + Shift + 8 to show paragraph markers. Position your cursor before the first marker, hold Shift, and click after the last marker. Press Delete to remove the markers and the blank page.

    Windows 10 - Word - View - Print Layout - Navigation Pane - Pages - Select White Page - Make Paragraph Makers Visible - Select Them - Delete Them

FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions About Deleting Pages and Sections in Word

Can I delete a section break in Word without disrupting formatting?

To delete a section break carefully without altering the document’s layout, first understand the formatting distinctions between the sections. If the sections before and after the break have different formatting (like headers, footers, page numbers), standardizing these can help maintain consistency. After aligning the formatting, place your cursor directly before the section break and press the Delete key. If formatting changes occur, use the ‘Undo’ function (Ctrl + Z) and reassess the formatting settings between sections.

How do I remove a break (page, section, or column) in Word?

To remove any type of break in Word, first make these breaks visible by showing all non-printing characters (use Ctrl + Shift + 8). For a page or section break, place your cursor directly before the break and press Delete. For column breaks, the process is the same, but ensure you’re in the correct column layout to avoid unexpected formatting changes. Review your document afterwards to ensure the removal didn’t affect the layout undesirably.

Is it possible to delete a part of a document including images and text together?

Yes, you can simultaneously delete both text and images by selecting them together. Click at the start of the portion you wish to delete, hold down Shift, and click at the end, encompassing both text and images. Alternatively, hold down Ctrl and click each element you want to remove, then press Delete. This method is efficient for removing diverse content without altering the remainder of your document.

How to quickly select and delete multiple non-consecutive pages in Word?

While Word does not directly support deleting non-consecutive pages in a single action, a workaround involves using the “Find and Replace” dialog (Ctrl + H). Replace specific text or elements unique to the pages you want to delete with a unique identifier, then use the ‘Find’ feature to quickly navigate through these identifiers and manually delete the content on each page you marked.

What is the most efficient way to delete several consecutive pages in a Word document?

For deleting multiple consecutive pages efficiently, position your cursor at the beginning of the first page to be deleted. Scroll down to the end of the last page or use the “Go To” feature (Ctrl + G, type the page number, and press Enter). Hold Shift and click at the end of the last page, then press Delete. This method removes all selected content, including text and images, across the specified pages.

Can I recover a deleted page in Word after saving the document?

Recovery after saving depends on Word’s versioning feature or backup settings. If enabled, go to “File” > “Info” > “Manage Document” and explore versions saved automatically by Word. For documents saved on OneDrive or SharePoint, online version history may allow you to restore to a point before the deletion. Without these, recovery might not be possible after saving and closing the document.

How can I ensure all elements on a page I wish to delete are selected?

To comprehensively select all elements, including hidden formatting marks or items, enable the display of all non-printing characters (Ctrl + Shift + 8). This reveals spaces, paragraph marks, and other elements. Then, select the content more accurately. Double-check the selection before deletion, especially for elements like images or tables, which might require clicking on them individually.

Why might some pages not delete even after removing all visible content?

Pages in Word might not delete due to invisible elements such as section breaks, extra paragraphs, or formatting markers. Turn on paragraph marks (Ctrl + Shift + 8) to reveal these hidden items. Also, footer or header information or embedded fields can cause this issue; editing headers/footers and removing embedded content from these sections may resolve it.

How can I adjust the spacing after deleting a page to ensure consistency in the document?

After deleting a page, review and adjust paragraph spacing by selecting the paragraphs around the deletion site and right-clicking to access “Paragraph” settings. Under “Spacing“, you can adjust before and after spacing to match other sections of the document. Additionally, consider adjusting line spacing for uniformity. These adjustments help maintain a consistent visual flow in your document.

What should I do if text formatting gets altered after deleting a page in Word?

If the formatting changes unexpectedly after deleting a page, it’s likely due to inherited formatting from adjacent sections or direct formatting applied to the text. Highlight the affected text and use the “Clear Formatting” option from the “Home” tab to remove any direct formatting, then reapply the desired styles from the “Styles” pane. For persistent issues, examine section breaks and their properties, as they might govern the formatting differences.

Can I use voice commands to delete a page in Word?

As of the latest updates, Word does not support deleting pages through voice commands directly within its voice typing features. However, voice typing can be utilized for navigation and text editing to some extent. For page deletion and more complex editing tasks, manual selection and keyboard shortcuts remain the most effective methods.

How to delete empty paragraphs that cause unwanted blank pages in Word?

To find and delete empty paragraphs contributing to blank pages, first reveal all hidden formatting marks by pressing Ctrl + Shift + 8. Look for consecutive paragraph marks (¶) that indicate empty paragraphs. Click at the beginning of the first one, hold Shift, and click after the last consecutive paragraph mark, then press Delete. This consolidates unnecessary space, removing the cause of unintended blank pages.

Is it safe to delete pages from a document shared in OneDrive or SharePoint?

Deleting pages from documents shared via OneDrive or SharePoint is safe, but consider the collaborative nature of these platforms. Use “Track Changes” to visibly mark your deletions for other collaborators, and communicate any significant deletions via comments or team communications. This transparency helps ensure collaborative work remains coherent and agreed upon by all parties.

How do I prevent accidental deletion of pages when collaborating on a document?

When collaborating on a document, “Track Changes” is a powerful tool to prevent unintentional deletions, as it requires changes to be reviewed and accepted. Additionally, regularly communicating with collaborators about major edits and using version control through OneDrive or SharePoint ensures changes are traceable and reversible. Setting document permissions to control who can edit the document can also mitigate accidental deletions.

What’s the quickest way to find and delete multiple blank pages that appear scattered throughout a document?

Utilize the Navigation Pane for a quick overview and navigation through the document. Enable paragraph marks (Ctrl + Shift + 8) to identify blank pages caused by hidden elements. For each blank page found, delete the hidden paragraph marks or other elements maintaining the page. This systematic approach allows for efficient identification and removal of multiple blank pages, streamlining the document cleanup process.

Related: How to Insert and Remove Page Breaks in Word

Microsoft Word offers users a plethora of tools to ensure that documents are both readable and professionally presented. One such tool is the ‘Page Break’. Whether you’re drafting a lengthy report, a novel, or a simple letter, understanding how to manipulate page breaks can significantly enhance the structure and appearance of your document.
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Related: How to Delete a Table in Word or Cut and Paste It Elsewhere

The process to delete a table in Word isn’t quite as simple as it may seem. It can be tricky to remove a table without affecting the content around it or only deleting part of it. This is because pressing the delete key doesn’t delete the entire selected table – only the content of the cells. In our other guide, we explain you in detail what you need to know about deleting tables in Word.
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Related: How to Remove a Line in Word

Lines in Word that have been added accidentally usually can always be undone with the undo hotkey Ctrl + Z, but that does not always help. In our other guide, we show you how to remove a line in Word when it’s automatically inserted by the border line function, as well as how to stop it from happening again.

Related: How to Use Tables in Word: Creating, Editing, Formatting etc.

Creating and formatting tables in Microsoft Word is not just a skill—it’s an art form that enhances the clarity, accessibility, and visual appeal of your documents. A well-constructed Word table can transform a mundane document into an engaging and informative piece of content. Whether you’re compiling data, organizing information, or designing a layout, learning how to insert and format tables in Word is indispensable.

Markus Kasanmascheff
Markus Kasanmascheff
Markus is the founder of WinBuzzer and has been playing with Windows and technology for more than 25 years. He is holding a Master´s degree in International Economics and previously worked as Lead Windows Expert for Softonic.com.
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