How To Delete a Page or Whitespace from Word
It’s not that tricky to delete a page or even whitespace in Word, but not doing it seems to cause a fair amount of problems, especially if you have a table or an image that doesn’t fit at the end of a page.
Several methods work to fix whitespace issues, but they all effectively end with the same purpose. If you’re getting frustrated by blank sheets within your perfectly honed documents, have rogue pages in the middle, or have empty gaps within pages, read on to find out how to remove blank pages and whitespace in Microsoft Word.
Simplest Way to Delete Blank Pages in Word
The simplest way to delete a page in Word involves cursor placement and the delete button.
- For Windows, place your cursor at the very end of the document, after any full stops or pictures, and press the “Delete” key until the blank page(s) disappear. In Mac, you press “fn + delete.” You can also go to the last positional cursor location on the blank page and use “Backspace” for Windows or “delete” for Mac.
Take note that if the blank page only appears when you print the document and you can’t see it on the screen, you may need to check your printer settings.
Use Paragraph Marks to Delete a Page in Word
The most effective and safe way to delete blank pages is to enable paragraph marks. This process makes it easier to visualize what you’re deleting and what is causing the gaps. The characters show the beginning areas of all paragraphs, whether they have content or not.
- In Windows, press “Ctrl+Shift+8” to switch paragraph marks on. On a Mac, press the “command key (⌘) + 8.”
- To delete empty paragraphs, place cursor before the paragraph mark. Press “delete” in Windows or “fn + delete” in macOS.
- To erase page breaks, select the page break and press “delete.”
If you’re using ‘Word Online,’ you can’t use paragraph marks, but you can still delete empty pages, as explained in the first option above.
Delete a Page in Word Using the Navigation Pane
- Select the “View” tab and then check the box next to “Navigation Pane.”
- Select the blank page thumbnail found in the left-hand panel and press the “delete” key to remove that page from the list.
Delete Whitespace in Word When Using Tables or Images
Every time a table gets inserted into a Word document, a small space gets added beneath it. If the table is sitting at the end of the doc and forces a portion of it onto a new page, removing that rogue blank sheet area or whitespace becomes difficult. To get around the table placement issue, try one or both methods below.
Option 1: Reduce Font Size to Fix Whitespace after Table/Image in MS Word
This procedure helps prevent a table from carrying over to the next page due to the whitespace under it.
- In Windows, press “Ctrl+Shift+8” to enable paragraph marks. On a Mac, press the “command key (⌘) + 8.”
- Right-click the paragraph symbol next to the space you want to remove, and manually type in the lowest font size possible (typically 1 pt). This step shrinks the blank row down to provide more space on the page.
Option 2: Adjust Paragraph Spacing to Fix Whitespace after Table/Image in MS Word
- If option 1 above doesn’t work, change the paragraph’s spacing. Go to the “Paragraph” section, choose the “Line and Paragraph Spacing” icon, then select “Remove Space After Paragraph.”
- Your table should hopefully stay on one page, just before the page break.
Option 3: Hide Whitespace to Prevent Table/Image from Splitting to the Next Page
If you suffer from whitespace areas in your Word doc from a table or image not fitting at the bottom of the page, you can let the table sit on the next page and eliminate the whitespace on the previous one. Here’s how to do it.
- Click on “Layout -> Margins -> Custom Margins.”
- Change Top and Bottom margins to “0.”
- Go back to your Word doc and double-click the gap between page breaks.
The above steps eliminate whitespace between pages so that your image appears as if it is correctly underneath the above content. However, you may need to add a page break too.
Here is a sample heading (paragraph marks enabled) followed by an image that didn’t originally fit at the bottom of the page. Using the steps above, the two items appear together without any whitespace.
No matter what changes you make to your content, Print Preview always shows the whitespace. As for blank pages, you’ve successfully deleted those, so they don’t appear in a printout or an exported PDF. Printers generally cannot print to the edge of a page because the ink bleeds and wears out the printer faster. The instructions in this article apply to document viewing benefits only, not printing. However, sometimes, you only need to add a page break within the content to get it closer together. If nothing else helps, give the page a break!