We use Microsoft Word for many things, such as writing resumes, job applications, scripts, instructional guides, and more. It’s in our best interest for these to come out as professional as possible, so it’s safe to say that every little detail matters while creating them.
In this guide, we’ll show you the different ways to delete a page in Microsoft Word, so if you weren’t aware of this feature or just didn’t know how to do it, you’re in for a quick learn.
Without further ado, let’s get into it.
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Method 1: Using The Navigation Pane
The Navigation Pane in Microsoft Word is useful for many things. It helps get a clear overview of the document, add or remove blank pages, and more.
We’ll use it to remove blank pages, so here’s how to do that:
- Open Microsoft Word on your PC and create a blank document. We recommend testing this method on an unimportant, test file first, just to be safe and not risk damaging something you’ve been working on for a while.
- Press CTRL + F simultaneously on your keyboard to open the Navigation Pane. Click Pages to open the section where you can get a preview of the pages in your document and modify them. Click on the blank page you wish to delete to select it.
- Press the Backspace button on your keyboard a few times until the blank page disappears. Some users need to press it two times, while others have reported that it took about three or four times.
Now the blank page is removed from your document.
If you wish to practice this a few more times and become more familiar with the process, click Insert in the top bar horizontal menu, then choose Pages and click on Blank Page. This will create a blank page in your document that you can remove for practice using the steps listed above.
Method 2: Using The Find And Replace Panel
Another useful method to delete a blank page, or any page in particular within your Word document, is using the Find and Replace tool panel.
Not sure how to do this? Follow the steps below:
- Launch Microsoft Word on your PC and open a document.
- Press Ctrl + G simultaneously on your keyboard to open the Find and Replace panel.
- Choose Go To, then select Page under the “Go to what:” section. Within the “Enter page number:” field, type in the number of the page you wish to delete and click Go To.
- Ensure you’ve selected the right page, then click Close to exit the Find and Replace panel, and press the Delete (or Backspace if Delete doesn’t work)button on your keyboard to erase it from the document.
That’s all there’s to it!
You’ve successfully deleted a page from your Word document. This can be a blank page or one filled with content. The method works either way.
Method 3: Using The Show/Hide Feature
Behind the scenes, typing in Word looks much different than it does on the surface.
For example, each time you press Enter on your keyboard while typing in Word, there’s a hidden line break symbol letting the software know it should create the “empty” space we use for clearer formatting.
The point is, a Word page may look blank to you, but there could be some things going on behind the scenes, and that is why you see it in your document because it’s not truly empty.
Luckily, Word allows us to enable an option that displays all hidden symbols in the document so that deleting the line breaks becomes much easier.
Here’s what you need to do:
- Open a Word document, preferably one that isn’t empty. Make sure you have a backup of it before doing this, as you don’t want to delete something in the original file.
- Press CTRL + SHIFT + 8 simultaneously on your keyboard to enable the Show/Hide feature. You can also click on the shortcut if that’s easier for you, but some Word interfaces may look different.
- Now, you will be able to see all line break symbols. Delete them using the Backspace or Delete buttons on your keyboard, and when there’s no more content on the page, it will delete itself from the document.
Now you’ve successfully deleted what seemed like empty space in your Word document. If there’s no more content on that specific page, it will delete itself, and you’ll no longer see it in your document.
That’s all you need to know about deleting pages in Microsoft Word. Use this knowledge to trim empty areas in your documents and make them look more professional, or simply delete content within your docs with better precision.
To remove a page in Microsoft Word, sometimes simply pressing the Backspace button after selecting the blank space does not suffice. This guide proposes other methods that may be more effective for certain users.