Delete pages from a Word document

Applies to
Microsoft Word 2002

There are two main reasons for why you might want to delete pages from your Word document:

  • To remove content such as text and graphics on one or more pages.
  • To remove extra blank pages at the end of your document.

To delete a page and its content successfully, first you need to identify the type of page breaks in your document. To delete extra blank pages, you need to first determine whether the break is an automatic or manual page break.

Identifying automatic and manual page breaks

A page break is the place at which one page ends and another begins in your document. Word inserts these page breaks automatically as you fill one page and move to the next. These are called automatic (or soft) page breaks. If you've inserted your own page breaks to force information to start on a new page, then you've added manual (or hard) page breaks. Occasionally, you might find an unwanted manual page break in your document.

It's helpful to know what page breaks look like in Word. The following graphic demonstrates:

Automatic page breaks are represented by a dotted line and manual page breaks contain the word Page Break in the middle of the dotted line.

1 Automatic page breaks contain just the dotted line and are visible when working in Normal view only.

2 Manual page breaks include the words "Page Break" in the center of the dotted line and are visible in Normal and Print Layout views.

To delete a page and its content

  1. In Normal view, place the cursor to the left of where the content you want to delete begins.
  2. Press SHIFT+DOWN ARROW to select the content line by line until you come to the end of the page or pages you want to delete. Each page is divided by the automatic or manual page break dotted line. If there is a manual page break, select it as well.
  3. Press the DELETE key.

Deleting blank pages at the end of your document

If one or more blank pages print at the end of your document, you can delete them by deleting either the manual page break or the extra paragraph marks (¶) that appear at the end of your document. Extra paragraph marks are the most likely cause, since they may create an automatic page break in your document. To see paragraph marks, which are typically hidden from view, click the Show/Hide button on the Standard toolbar. You may see just one extra paragraph mark at the end of the document, or you may see a series of them:

Word creates extra paragraph marks when you press ENTER one or more times after the last line of text. You can delete a blank line or a blank page by deleting paragraph marks that stand alone without other text such as the ones above.

To delete blank pages

  1. In Normal view, press CTRL+END to go to the end of the document.
  2. Click the Show/Hide button on the Standard toolbar to see extra paragraph marks at the end of your document.
  3. Do one of the following:
    • Press the BACKSPACE key to delete additional paragraph marks.
    • Point to the manual page break, select it, and then press DELETE.
  4. Click Show/Hide again to hide the paragraph marks and other types of formatting in your document.