If you’re editing a Word document, you may need to delete a page or two. Here’s how.
Creating a new Microsoft Word document is a straightforward process. You can type, delete, rearrange, and reformat the content you write or insert pretty easily, including changing the default font your document uses to create your own style.
You may need to rearrange pages in Word if you’re making big changes, but if you end up with too much content, you may need to consider deleting entire pages. If you want to delete a page in Microsoft Word, here’s what you’ll need to do.
Removing Blank Word Pages
Occasionally, an empty additional page will appear at the bottom of a Microsoft Word document. This can be frustrating, especially when it comes to the printing stage.
This is usually due to Word inserting an additional empty paragraph below the existing content. If the previous page is full, this empty paragraph will be pushed onto a new page.
To delete it, you’ll need to be able to view paragraph marks on your document pages. You can show these by pressing the Paragraph Marks button, listed under the Paragraph section of the Home tab on the ribbon bar.
Alternatively, pressing Ctrl + Shift + 8 on your keyboard will cause them to appear.
Once pressed, paragraph marks will become visible at the end of each paragraph in your document.
On the additional empty page, you should see a paragraph mark visible. To remove the page, move your blinking cursor to the same position, then press the delete or backspace key on your keyboard.
If this doesn’t remove the paragraph, double-click the paragraph mark to select it first, then press delete. This should ensure that the empty page is removed, with the blinking cursor moving to the end of your content instead.
Using Find and Replace to Remove Pages With Content
You can also delete entire pages with content already in place. This will delete all the content on the page. You can do this using the Find and Replace tool.
Make sure that your blinking cursor is currently placed on the document you wish to delete. Once the cursor is in place, press the arrow next to the Find button, listed under the Editing category in the Home tab on the ribbon bar.
From the drop-down menu, select Go To. Alternatively, press Ctrl + G on your keyboard to bring up the same menu.
In the Go To tab of the Find and Replace window, type /page in the Enter page number box, then press the Go To button.
Doing this will select everything on the currently active page. With your content selected, press either the delete or backspace key on your keyboard to delete the page.
Creating Better Word Documents
Deleting a page in Word is one option to deal with unnecessary content, but there are alternatives. If you clear the formatting and rearrange the text, your document might become easier to read, removing the need to delete paragraphs or entire pages.
Adding intents to a Word document is another way to make individual paragraphs or lines stand out, but don’t be afraid to take things further by adding a drawing or other types of images. This’ll help explain your content, helping you create better Word documents in the long run.