Add or delete a page in Word

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Add a page

When you fill a page with text or graphics, Microsoft Word inserts an automatic page break (page break: The point at which one page ends and another begins. Microsoft Word inserts an "automatic" (or soft) page break for you, or you can force a page break at a specific location by inserting a "manual" (or hard) page break.) and starts a new page. You can force a page break at a specific location by inserting a manual page break. You can also specify that a page break always occurs before a particular paragraph. This is useful, for example, when you want a heading to appear at the top of a new page.

Add a manual page break

  1. Click where you want to start a new page.
  2. On the Insert menu, click Break.
  3. Click Page break.

 Note   To select a manual page break, switch to normal view (normal view: A view that shows text formatting and a simplified page layout. Normal view is convenient for most editing and formatting tasks.) (on the View menu, click Normal).

Specify a page break before a paragraph

  1. Click the paragraph that you want to follow the page break.
  2. On the Format menu, click Paragraph, and then click the Line and Page Breaks tab.
  3. Select the Page break before check box.

Delete a page

You can delete a blank page in a Word document by deleting the page break (page break: The point at which one page ends and another begins. Microsoft Word inserts an "automatic" (or soft) page break for you, or you can force a page break at a specific location by inserting a "manual" (or hard) page break.) at the end of the page. You can also combine two pages by deleting the page break between them.

Make sure you're in normal view (normal view: A view that shows text formatting and a simplified page layout. Normal view is convenient for most editing and formatting tasks.) (on the View menu, click Normal). If nonprinting characters, such as paragraph markers (¶), are not visible, click Show/Hide Paragraph mark Button image on the Standard toolbar, and then do one of the following:

  • To delete a page manually, select the page break at the end of the page, and then press DELETE.
  • To delete a blank page at the end of the document, select the page break or any paragraph markers (¶) at the end of the document, and then press DELETE.
  • To delete a page break placed before a specific paragraph, click the paragraph, and then on the Format menu, click Paragraph, click the Line and Page Breaks tab, and then clear the Page break before check box.
 
 
Applies to:
Word 2003