How To Delete a Page or Whitespace from Word
It’s not that tricky to delete a page or even whitespace in Word, but 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 are used to fix the whitespace issue, 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 delete a page or whitespace in Word.
Option #1: Simplest Way to Delete Pages from 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 Delete until the blank page(s) disappear. You can also use Backspace at the last positional cursor location on the blank page. For Mac, you may have to press the backspace key and the function key simultaneously. It’s that simple.
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.
Option #2: 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 or off. On a Mac, press the command key ⌘ + 8.
To delete empty paragraphs, select the icon for a paragraph mark, and delete it. 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 option one above.
Option #3: 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.
Option #4: 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 onto a new page, it becomes difficult to remove that rogue blank sheet area or whitespace. To get around the table placement issue, try one or both methods below.
- Enable paragraph marks, as shown in Option #2 above.
- 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.
- If step 2 doesn’t work, change the paragraph’s spacing by going to Line and Paragraph Spacing under the Paragraph section and selecting Remove Space After Paragraph.
How to Hide Whitespace in Word
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.
- 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 will always show the whitespace. As for blank pages, you’ve successfully deleted those so that they won’t appear in a printout or an exported PDF. Printers generally cannot print to the edge of a page because the ink bleeds, and it wears out the printer faster. The instructions in this article are designed for viewing benefits only. However, sometimes, you only need to add a page break to content to get it closer together. If nothing else helps, give the page a break!