Delete blank pages at the end of Word documents

Applies to
Microsoft Office Word 2003
Microsoft Word 97, 2000, and 2002

If a blank page prints at the end of a Word document, you can easily delete the page by deleting extra paragraph mark symbols (¶) at the end of the document.

To see what's contained on a blank page, on the Standard toolbar, click Show/Hide to display paragraph mark symbols that are normally hidden from view. You may see just one extra paragraph mark at the end of the document, or you may see a series of extra paragraph marks:




Word creates extra paragraph mark symbols 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 mark symbols that stand alone without other text, such as the ones above.

To delete blank pages at the end of a document

  1. Press CTRL+END to go to the end of the document.
  2. On the Standard toolbar, click Show/Hide to see extra paragraph mark symbols at the end of the document.
  3. Press BACKSPACE to delete additional paragraph marks.

After you're finished, you can click Show/Hide again to hide paragraph marks and other types of formatting marks that appear throughout Word documents.