How To Delete a Page in Google Docs

Remove unwanted pages with ease

What To Know

  • Put the cursor at the end of the sentence that precedes the page. Highlight the page, then press Delete or Backspace.
  • Click once before the page break and press the Delete key. Or, go right after the page break and press Backspace.
  • Adjust line spacing by going to Format Line spacing Custom spacing. Lower the After paragraph spacing number or set it to 0.

There are several reasons why there are extra pages or blank spaces in your Google Doc. This article explains how to delete them, including empty pages, page breaks, and funky formatting.

Use the Delete Key

This method is easy and makes the most sense for the majority of situations. Whether the extra page is there due to unnecessary spaces or content you no longer want, removing it involves selecting the unwanted area.

  1. Place the cursor at the end of the sentence that precedes the blank or unwanted page. For example, to delete page 2 in a document with 3 pages, start at the end of page 1 or the very start of page 2.

  2. Click and drag downward, somewhat slowly to avoid going too far, and stop near the next sentence you see (if it’s a blank page) or just before the next sentence you want to keep. In our example, we’d stop at the end of page 2 or the beginning of page 3. The idea here is to select all of page 2 since we want to remove it.

    Screenshot of highlighted text in Google Docs
  3. There should now be a long, highlighted mark through the page. Press Delete or Backspace on the keyboard to instantly erase it.

  4. You might be finished now, but take note of where your cursor ends up. If it's between two sentences, press Enter if you have to so that a new paragraph is made where the old page used to be.

You don’t have to actually delete a page if you just want to avoid printing it. When you go to File > Print, change the Pages option to Custom and pick which pages to print. That’s how it works in Chrome; it’s similar in other browsers.

Undo a Page Break

Creating a page break can make blank pages. You can remove a page break similar to how you’d remove an extra page, but you don’t have to worry so much about highlighting anything.

  1. Locate the page break. Since it’s white space you want to remove, look for a large blank space in the document. One way to verify that it’s a page break and not just blank paragraphs is by pressing the down arrow. If it jumps down further than a single line, you’ve got a page break there.

    Screenshot of the start of a page break in Google Docs
  2. Click once before the page break and press the Delete key. Or, go right after the page break and press Backspace. You might have to repeat this one or more times if there are extra spaces.

    The pages are now consolidated and the page break removed.

    Screenshot of a Google doc

Adjust Line Spacing

Google Docs might be adding extra space after paragraphs. This is a setting that can apply to the entire document and that no amount of backspacing can fix. Here’s what to do if you have extra pages or blank spaces that you can’t seem to remove normally:

  1. Select just before the first word in the document.

  2. Go to Format > Line spacing > Custom spacing.

    Use custom line spacing from the Format menu under Line Spacing in Google Docs.
  3. Lower the After paragraph spacing number or just set it to 0.

    Google Docs custom line and paragraph spacing settings.
  4. Select Apply to save and exit the settings.

If that doesn’t work, repeat these steps but select the first sentence after the blank space and change the Before value during step 3.

Change the Margins

Although less common, margins that are too big could be the reason for extra pages. Making the margins smaller gives you more room to write on each page, thus preventing unnecessary blank spaces.

  1. Go to File > Page setup.

  2. Adjust the values in the Margin column. If the bottom margin, for example, is set to a number that’s too large, then Docs is forcing too much text to run over onto the next page. Lowering the number fixes this.

    Google Docs page setup settings.
  3. Select OK to save and exit the settings.

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