How to Delete a Page in MS Word

Remove text you no longer need

Laptop with Microsoft Word on the screen


While there's no action that deletes a page from a Microsoft Word document, you can easily remove all the text on that page with the Delete or Backspace key on your keyboard. First, though, use the Show/Hide function to see exactly what you need to remove.

This article applies to Word for Office 365, Word for Office 365 for Mac, Word 2019, Word 2019 for Mac, Word 2016, Word 2016 for Mac, Word 2013, and Word 2010. 

Use the Show/Hide Function

The Show/Hide function in Word displays hidden formatting symbols such as paragraph marks, table cells, page breaks, and spaces between words. Use it to see what you need to remove and to avoid removing text you want to keep.

If you're collaborating on a document, turn on Track Changes before making major revisions. Doing so allows collaborators to easily see the contributions you've made. 

Activate the Show/Hide function before you remove the text on a Word document page. Here's how.

  1. On the ribbon, select Home.

  2. In the Paragraph group, select the Show/Hide (paragraph symbol) icon.

    Paragraph icon in Word's Home tab
  3. Within your text, formatting symbols are now visible.

  4. To turn off this feature, select Show/Hide again.

  5. Alternatively, use the key combination Ctrl+Shift+8 or Command+Shift+8 to toggle the Show/Hide feature on and off.

Use the Backspace Key

With the formatting symbols in your document visible, you can see what parts of the document to delete to eliminate a single page. To remove all the material, place the cursor at the end of the text you want to remove and press and hold the Backspace key on the keyboard.

Mac keyboards don't have a Backspace key. Instead, the Delete key serves the same purpose.

Depending on how much text you have, consider using a shortcut to highlight the text and then use the Backspace key. To highlight and remove text using the Backspace key:

  1. Place the cursor at the beginning of the text you want to remove.

  2. Press and hold Ctrl+Shift or Command+Shift. At the same time, press the Down Arrow on the keyboard to highlight one paragraph at a time. Continue until all the text you want to remove is highlighted, then release all three keys.

    Alternatively, use the mouse or touchpad to highlight all the text on the page you want to delete.

    Microsoft Word with page of text highlighted
  3. Press the Backspace key once to delete all the text. The text is removed and you see the text on the following page.

    Microsoft Word document

Use the Delete Key

The process for using the Delete key to remove a page is similar to using the Backspace key. However, to remove text by pressing the Delete key, place the cursor at the beginning of the text you want to remove instead of at the end. Or, if you want to highlight then remove text, follow the instructions above but, instead of pressing the Backspace key to remove the text, press the Delete key.