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How to Remove Blank Page in MS Word (2020)

Many times we find unwanted black pages either in the middle or end of the word document, and it becomes difficult to delete the same.

Here is the exhaustive list of all quick and simple ways to delete the blank pages in the word document step-by-step. 

how to remove blank page in MS Word

Option 1: Using the backspace key

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    Go to the unwanted blank page in your word which you want to remove.
  2. 2
    Click on the bottom of the page.
  3. 3
    Press the backspace key till the page gets removed. 

Option 2: By Using Mouse

  1. 1
    Click and drag the left button of the mouse on the blank page.
  2. 2
    It will select some portion of the black page which will turn blue.
  3. 3
    Press the delete key till the page gets deleted

Option 3: Via navigation pane

  1. 1
    From the ribbon, select the “view” tab.
  2. 2
    Go to the “Show” section and click the checkbox of the Navigation pane.
  3. 3
    This will open up the list of pages on the left side of the screen.
  4. 4
    Select the “pages” option; it will be one of the three options seen on the top of the list of pages.
  5. 5
    Select the blank page from the list of pages.
  6. 6
    Press the delete key from the keyboard till the page disappears.

Option 4: Using Margin buttons

  1. 1
    Check your sections.
  2. 2
    Select the “page layout” option from the ribbon.
  3. 3
    Click the “Margins” button, and select “Custom Margins…” from the margins list.
  4. 4
    A dialogue box will appear. Go to the Layout tab.
  5. 5
    A drop-down menu text will appear. There will be a section start option. Make sure that in that option a new page is selected.
  6. 6
    Then click on, OK.

How to Remove a Blank Page in MS Word

Option 5: Using the paragraph button

Many times with the use of the break page option, a new black page gets inserted in the document. Page breaks can be seen by enabling the paragraph option. To enable the paragraph marks, click on the " ¶ " button from the ribbon or use the keyboard shortcut: Ctrl + Shift + 8.

This will detect what’s there on the pages. Sometimes blank pages contain some data which is not visible to the users. With the enable of the paragraph, paragraph marks and formatting symbols will appear on pages. If you see such a symbol on your blank page, select and delete it.

This will delete the unwanted blank page as well.

Option 6: By Shrinking the default paragraph

It generally happens that if there is a table at the end of the document, Word automatically adds a paragraph at the end. This displays a blank page. It is not possible to delete the paragraph, but its size can be minimized so that it gets adjusted in the previous page itself.

To do this, turn on the paragraph marks by clicking on the " ¶ " button from the ribbon or use the keyboard shortcut: Ctrl + Shift + 8. Once the paragraph marks turn on, select it and reduce its size to point 1. This will shrink the paragraph.

If the paragraph mark is still visible on the blank page, change the spacing around it. For doing this, you have to again select the paragraph symbol from the ribbon or using the shortcut Ctrl + Shift + 8. Then select the pop-up option from the lower right corner of the “paragraph” section.

Paragraph formatting dialogue box will appear. On the “Incident and spacing” tab, change the spacing before or after the paragraph and line spacing to 0 and click on OK. 

Option 7: By page Numbers

Click anywhere on the page you want to delete and click on Ctrl+G. A dialog box will appear. In the “enter page” number box, type the page number of the page you want to delete. Press “enter” from the keyboard and then click on close.

After the page of content is selected, press deletes the key from the keyboard. 

Option 8: By adjusting select break page

Many times odd page, even page and next page break page option insert a blank page in the document. If the blank page is at the end of the document, you select the last section break option and delete it. This will remove your blank page. 

If you are unable to find out your break page, you can see the breakage by selecting the view option from the ribbon and selecting the drafting mode. This will give a clear picture of all the page breaks in your document. Long, dotted lines represent them.  

However, be cautious if your blank page appears in the middle of the document as if section break is causing a blank causing page in the middle of the deletion of the same can lead to formatting issues!

If you intended that forming before and after the section break of the black to be different, do not delete the section break and this will change the formatting of the pages before the section break same as after the section break. 

To solve this, you should change the setting of section break to continuous section break. This will solve the problem of change in the format by the deletion of the section break. It will save the formatting changes without inserting a blank page.

To change the setting from section break to continuous section break follow the following steps:

  1. 1
    Go to the section break which you want to change. Place your cursor there.
  2. 2
    From the ribbon, select the “Layout” tab.
  3. 3
    Click on page setup. A dialogue box will appear.
  4. 4
    In the page setup a dialog box, go to layout. Click on the section drop down box and select continuous.

Follow the steps as mentioned above to remove the blank page from Word successfully; it’s very straightforward and requires little effort. If you still seem not to remove the blank page, ask for help amongst your friends and family or the internet is available at one click.


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