How To Delete a Page in Microsoft Word
Not so long ago, if you needed to delete a typed page from your work, you simply wadded it up in a ball, and placed it in the trash can. Today, the process is less manual, and more technical. Writing can be a very rewarding task, but sometimes we patter on a bit more than we need to. As they say, brevity is the soul of wit, so you might find yourself needing to cull back your page count by removing an entire page from your Word document.
If you need to delete a page in Word, this tutorial is for you. You would think there would be a shortcut for what seems like a straightforward process, but there is not. Instead, we have to very carefully cut, copy and paste, taking care to make sure copy fits where it’s intended. Sure, it’s still easier than the typewriter days of yore, but it’s also very easy to accidentally remove the wrong thing. If you’re struggling to delete a page, let’s take a look at a very simple way to do it.
Deleting a Page in Microsoft Word: The Steps
Microsoft Word is an exceptionally powerful productivity program, and most people use it in some capacity every day, from jotting notes, drafting communications, powering through reports, and more. It is capable of a whole lot, but it is also amazingly limited and frustrating. One fundamental thing you would expect a text editor to be able to do is delete a page. PowerPoint can do it, and Excel allows you to delete a single Worksheet, but Word makes it difficult.
There have been many versions and updates to Microsoft Word since it’s introduction to the public in 1983, and each update strives to make the process of writing, editing, and editing again much easier for the average user. The program has many more features and can do a lot more, but some core text editing features are not intuitive, leaving users absolutely exasperated and stressed about meeting deadlines. That said, when you do find a shortcut or trick to achieve something, it is incredibly satisfying. That’s exactly how I felt when someone showed me how to delete a page in Word, and likely how you’ll feel after reading these steps. Sometimes the most simple things are the most satisfying!
There are actually a couple of methods you can follow to delete a page from Word. You will likely find a favorite and stick to that. I use Word 2016 so all these instructions are relevant for that version.
- Select an empty space on a page.
- Select the Home tab and select Find.
- Select Go To (alternately, you can accomplish steps 1-3 by pressing Ctrl and G)
- Type in the page number in the text box and click Go To.
- Type in \page and click Go To. This will highlight the entire page.
- Hit Backspace or Delete
Your extra page should now disappear. This happens whether the extra page is in the middle of a document or at the end. Double check that the Backspace didn’t inadvertently delete a character from the document and then save the change.
Other ways to delete a page in Word
That is, of course only one way to delete in page. There are a few other methods you can try, to see which feels right to you and your editing style.
For example, you can also use the Navigation pane.
- Open the Navigation tab, and choose the Pages tab
- Scroll down to find the page you wish to delete.
- Double click on that page to bring it up.
- If the page appears to be blank, press Ctrl+Shift+8 to see the paragraph marks. This can help you determine if there are any unintended entries on the page.
- Hitting delete until the page disappears will fix these errors.
This method is very useful for blank pages that seem to show up out of nowhere, or even for longer portions of text that you want to spot check before you delete. You can then easily delete that text. This method is useful if a page just won’t delete using Backspace or any of these other methods. If you show paragraph breaks and a bunch of them appear on the blank page, that will be why it won’t delete. Remove the breaks and remove the page.
You can achieve the same results of deleting a full page with a Shift + click process, too.
- Place the cursor at the beginning of the page you want to delete.
- Hold down Shift and place the cursor at the end of the page you want to delete. The text should now all be highlighted.
- Select Delete and then Backspace to delete the page.
Finally, if you want to delete a page at the end of a document but Word won’t let you, there is a way around it. Word adds a permanent paragraph break at the end of a document that just won’t go away. Depending on your layout, this can create an empty page at the end that you cannot delete.
- Press Ctrl + Shift + 8 to show paragraph breaks.
- Select the final paragraph break.
- Shrink the font size to 1.
This should remove that pesky final blank page from your document and fit that final break onto your last page.
Know of any other ways to delete a page in Word? Tell us about it below if you do!