How to Delete a Page in MS Word

Remove text you no longer need

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

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

Use the Show/Hide Function

The Show/Hide function in Word allows you to view hidden formatting symbols such as paragraph marks, table cells, page breaks, and spaces between words. It's helpful for seeing what you need to remove and for avoiding the removal of text you want to keep.

If you're 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. 

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 Show/Hide (it looks like a paragraph symbol).

    Microsoft Word with special formatting symbol displayed
  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 to toggle the Show/Hide feature on and off.

Use the Backspace Key

With the formatting symbols in your document now visible, you can easily see what parts of the document should be deleted to eliminate a single page. You can now place your cursor at the end of the text you want to remove and press and hold the Backspace key on your keyboard until all the material has been removed. However, depending on how much text you have, you might instead want to use a shortcut to highlight text and then use the Backspace key.

Mac keyboards do not have a Backspace key. Instead, the Delete key serves the same purpose.

To highlight and remove text using the Backspace key:

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

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

    You can also use your 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. The difference is that, if you want to remove text just by pressing the key, place your 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 instead.