How to Remove a Blank Page in Word

Two Methods:Removing Extra Paragraphs and Page BreaksRemoving a Blank Page at the End of a Table

Extra blank pages in Microsoft Word are usually the result of extra paragraphs or page breaks. If you’ve tried (and failed) to delete a blank page, you can solve the problem by deleting all of the hidden format markers. Learn how to show and delete paragraph markers and page breaks, as well as what to do if you find one that can’t be deleted.

Method 1
Removing Extra Paragraphs and Page Breaks

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    Open the document in Word. In many cases, blank pages in a Word document result from extra added paragraphs or page breaks. To find out if this is what’s causing you trouble, you should enable format markers in Word.
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    Click the ¶ on the Home tab. Now you’ll see paragraph markers (¶) at the beginning of each blank line, as well as at the end of existing paragraphs. You may also see lines that say “Page Break.”[1]
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    Go to the blank page. If you see a ¶ or a line that says “Page Break” on the blank page, you’ll need to delete it.
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    Highlight the ¶ mark or Page Break with your mouse. If you see both (or more than one of each), highlight it all at once.
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    Hit the Delete key. This should delete all the ¶ marks and page breaks. You may need to hit Delete a few more times to delete the entire page.
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    Turn off the paragraph marks. Now you can make those markers invisible again. Click the ¶ icon or use one of these keyboard shortcuts:
    • Windows: Ctrl+ Shift+8
    • Mac: Cmd+8

Method 2
Removing a Blank Page at the End of a Table

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    Open the document in Word. Undeletable blank pages often pop up in documents with tables, such as resumes, charts, and pamphlets. This is because an invisible paragraph is automatically added to the end of a table. While you can’t delete the paragraph, you can make it smaller so the page disappears.[3]
    • Try this method if you’re using a Word template, as many are made of several tables.
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    Navigate to the Table Tools tab. If you don’t see the tab at the top of the screen, click somewhere in the text just above the blank page and it should appear.
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    Click “Layout” on the Table Tools tab. The table settings will appear in the top bar.
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    Select “View Gridlines.” Now you should see visible lines surrounding the text that comes just before the unwanted blank page.
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    Enable paragraph marks. This will make a bunch of paragraph symbols (¶) appear on your page. Here’s how:[4]
    • Windows: Ctrl+ Shift+8
    • Mac: Cmd+8
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    Select the ¶ just beneath the table. If you see more than one ¶, use your mouse to select them all.[5]
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    Navigate to the Home tab. Now that the paragraph marker is selected, it’s time to change its font size.
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    Click once inside the font size box. The box contains a number (e.g. 12), and is just beside the name of the font (e.g. Times New Roman).
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    Press 1 and then press Enter. This will reduce the size of the hidden paragraph so it doesn’t require its own entire blank page. The blank page should disappear immediately.
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    Turn off the paragraph marks. Now you can make those markers invisible again. Click the ¶ icon or use one of these keyboard shortcuts:
    • Windows: Ctrl+ Shift+8
    • Mac: Cmd+8

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