How to Delete a Blank Page in Google Docs
When using Google Docs, you will encounter blank pages in a document from time to time. You may have accidentally hit ‘Ctrl + Enter’ while typing, or you copied something from a place with vastly different formatting. Either way, documents with unwanted blank pages can look 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.
Method #1: Hitting Delete
So, you’ve tried hitting ‘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.’ In this instance, the delete button will quickly 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 the above action doesn’t work, try highlighting the blank page and hit the ‘Delete’ button again.
In most cases, the above solution will do the trick, which is why you should always use that method first before exploring other options. Occasionally, however, the blank page remains.
Method #2: Check Custom Spacing
If Google Docs gets instructed to insert an amount of space after a paragraph automatically, it may result in a new page at the end of the document. To see if the custom spacing is to blame, try the following steps.
- Navigate to ‘Format’ within the toolbar, then hover over ‘Line spacing.’
- A menu pops up. Click ‘Custom spacing’ and try changing the value after the paragraph to zero.
Method #3: Adjust Page Breaks
Page breaks don’t happen too often, but they do occur. Sure, you may not remember navigating all the way to ‘Insert’ and then adding a page break, but that isn’t the only way it happens.
The shortcut for inserting a page break is ‘Ctrl + Enter.’ If your pinky (or any other finger) hovers over the ‘Ctrl’ key, you might insert a page break by accident. Under these circumstances, you can quickly delete the new page break, but you won’t be able to delete it or use ‘Backspace’ if it’s in the middle of the text.
Method #4: Change the Margins
If your margin settings are too large, Google Docs tries to insert space at the bottom but ends up adding a blank page. To check whether the unwanted page results from a large margin, do the following:
- Go to ‘File’ and select ‘Page Setup.’
- In the Page setup window, adjust the margins, making them smaller.
Method #5: Try Some Extra Tips
The above methods show what you can do to delete an unwanted page in Google Docs, but there are some ways to prevent it from happening in the first place. With that in mind, here are some tips to help format your Google documents better.
Tip #1: 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 a section break, try the following steps:
- Navigate to ‘Insert’ in the toolbar, then click ‘Break.’
- From the ‘Break’ menu, you’ll be able to choose the type of break you need. ‘Page break’ creates a new page, ‘Section break (continuous)’ starts a new section on the same page, and ‘Section break (next page)’ switches to the next page to add a new section.
Tip #2: Clear Formatting
‘Clear formatting’ is a simple tool that allows you to switch any text and layout preferences within your document to their default settings. To use the ‘Clear formatting’ option, do the following:
- Select the ‘Format’ tab in the Google document toolbar, and click ‘Clear formatting.’
After resetting the formatting above for your selected section or the entire document, you can adjust the appearance, formatting characteristics, and layout.
In conclusion, Google Docs appears as a simple web-based app, but it offers many formatting options, which can also break your pages’ organization and spacing. Unwanted blank pages alter a well-organized document and also make it hard to read. With proper Google Docs formatting knowledge, you can find out why you see unwanted blank pages and apply the formatting tips above to clean it up.