How to Delete a Page in Word

Get rid of unnecessary pages in any version of Microsoft Word

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There are several ways to delete pages from a Microsoft Word document. Whether you're using Word 2003, Word 2016, or Word Online through Office 365, the process for getting rid of unwanted pages is the same.

This article applies to all versions of Microsoft Word including Word for Mac.

3 Ways to Remove Pages From a Word Document

Use the Backspace Key

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If you have blank pages at the end of a document, use the Backspace key on the keyboard. This works if you’ve accidentally left your finger on the space bar and moved the mouse cursor forward several lines, or perhaps, an entire page.

To delete excess pages with the Backspace key:

  1. Hold down the Ctrl key and press the End key (if your keyboard has one) to go to the end of your document.
  2. Press and hold the Backspace key.
  3. Once the cursor has reached the desired end of the document, release the key.

Mac keyboards do not have a Backspace key. Instead, the Delete key serves the same purpose as the Backscape key on Windows devices.

Use the Delete Key

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The Delete key on your keyboard works similarly to the Backspace key. To use the Delete key:

  1. Position the cursor at the end of the text that appears before the blank page begins.
  2. Press and hold the Delete key on the keyboard until the unwanted page disappears.

On Mac keyboards, the Delete key removes text/pages to the left of the cursor like the Windows Backspace key.

Use the Show/Hide Symbol

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Use the Show/Hide symbol to see exactly what’s on the page you want to remove. For example, you might find a manual page break. People often insert these to break up long documents. There’s a page break at the end of every chapter of a book, for example.

Beyond unintentional page breaks, there’s also the possibility that extra (blank) paragraphs have been added by Microsoft Word. Sometimes this happens after you’ve inserted a table or picture. Whatever the cause, using the Show/Hide option will let you see exactly what’s happening on the page so that you can select it and delete it.

To use the Show/Hide button in Word 2016:

  1. Select the Home tab.
  2. Select the Show/Hide button. It is located in the Paragraph section and looks like a backward-facing P.
  3. Look at the area in and around the blank page. Use your mouse to highlight blank or unwanted areas.
  4. Press Delete on the keyboard.
  5. Click the Show/Hide button again to turn off this feature.

The Show/Hide button is available in other versions of Microsoft Word, but the easiest way to toggle this feature is to use the key combination Ctrl + Shift + 8. This shortcut works in all iterations including Word 2003, Word 2007, Word 2010, Word 2013, Word 2016, and Word Online for Office 365. 

If you are collaborating on a document, you should turn on Track Changes before making major changes. Track Changes allows collaborators to easily see contributions you've made to the document.