In Google Docs, you will encounter blank pages from time to time. You may have accidentally hit Ctrl + Enter while writing or copied something from a place with vastly different formatting. Either way, documents with unwanted blank pages can look unseemly and unprofessional.
Fortunately, getting rid of these blank pages in Google Docs is simple. However, there are a few ways to perform this action. Here’s how to delete pages in Google Docs, along with a couple of useful tips about the app in general.
So, you’ve tried Backspace and it didn’t work. It merely returned you to the previous page. Yes, this is how both Google Docs and MS Word work. However, you probably haven’t tried hitting Delete. This useful function is seldom used by many. And, in this instance, it will get rid of that unwanted blank page.
Here’s how to do it. Position your cursor at the end of the previous page and hit Delete. If this doesn’t work, highlight the blank page and hit the Delete button.
In most cases, this solution will work. This is why you should always try using it first before getting more involved. Occasionally, however, the blank page will remain in situ.
If Google Docs is instructed to insert an amount of after-paragraph spacing, this may result in creating a new page at the end of a document. This blank page is unnecessary. Now, custom spacing doesn’t have to be the culprit here, but you should perform a simple check, just to be safe.
To see if custom spacing is to blame for your unwanted blank page, navigate to Format, located in the toolbar and hover over Line spacing. In the menu that pops up, click Custom spacing. Try changing the value of spacing after the paragraph to zero and see if this gets rid of the blank page.
Page breaks don’t happen too often, but they do happen. Sure, you may not remember navigating all the way to Insert and then adding a page break, but that isn’t the only way to do it. The shortcut for inserting a page break is Ctrl + Enter. If your pinky (or any other) finger is often found hovering over the Ctrl key, you may have inserted a page break by accident.
That said, you can quickly delete a page break after you’ve added it. However, you won’t be able to delete or backspace-it if it’s in the middle of the text.
If the blank page is a result of a page break, you won’t have too much success removing the page the typical way. You’ll have to remove the page break to get rid of the unwanted blank page.
If your margin is too large, the page will try to insert it at the bottom and end up adding a blank page. To check whether the unwanted blank page is the result of a large margin, go to File and then select Page Setup. In the Page setup window, adjust the margins, making them smaller. Check to see whether this solves the unwanted blank page issue.
This pretty much concludes what you can do to delete an unwanted page in Google Docs. Below are some additional tips that will help you format your Google documents better.
About a year ago, Google Docs introduced a new feature that allows the user to customize headers and footers. This feature enables you to define headers and footers that are specific to particular document sections. You can use them on odd and even pages and set them to be different on the first page.
To access header and footer customization, while in a Google document, go to Format in the toolbar and select Headers & Footers.
Use Section Breaks
You can’t call a document “well-formatted” if you don’t use section breaks. These will add much more organization to your work. To add section breaks, navigate to Insert in the toolbar. And click Break. From here, you’ll be able to choose between a Page break, a Section break (next continuous), and a Section break (next page).
A Page break will start on a new page, a Section break (continuous) will start a new section on the same page, while a Section break (next page) will switch to the next page to add a new section.
Organizing sections breaks is a great tool, but you should try using bookmarks. They will help you better navigate a document. A bookmark will take you to the designated section within any given document. To use this feature, navigate to the Insert tab in the toolbar and select Bookmark. This will add a blue bookmark that will help you find essential points within your document.
Some texts will require you to use different formatting options for various sections. Instead of memorizing the required formatting and manually changing it every time, use the Paint format tool. This option will allow you to apply specific formatting wherever you prefer. You can find this option in the toolbar, represented with a paint roller icon.
Select the piece of text in the document with your preferred formatting. Then, click the paint roller icon and select the body of text that you want to change the formatting for.
Clear formatting is a simple tool that allows you to switch any text in your document to the formatting that’s default to the text. To use Clear formatting, select the Format tab in the Google document toolbar and click Clear formatting. Alternatively, you can use the Ctrl + \ shortcut.
Blank Pages and Formatting
Google Docs may appear as a simple web-based app, but there are lots of formatting options to choose from. Unwanted blank pages can be a pest that you can get rid of quickly and easily, with proper formatting knowledge. To find out why you’re seeing unwanted blank pages in your document, apply the extra formatting tips for the best results.
Have you solved your blank page issue in Google Docs? Have you tried any of the extra formatting tips? Let us know in the comments section below.