How to Delete an Empty Page From a Word Document

By Caroline Jackson

Updated September 28, 2017

Creating and changing Microsoft Word formatting options sometimes leads to unwanted side effects, such as the presence of an empty page. If you work with long documents, using the "Back" or "Delete" keys to get rid of the blank page can lead to an even bigger formatting mess. There's another way to delete an empty page from a Word document without risking your work. Empty pages occur because of extra page breaks -- remove the page break, and you'll remove your empty page.

Open your Word document and scroll to the blank page you want to delete.

Click the "Home" tab in the menu at the top of the Word window.

Click the "Show/Hide" button in the top right corner of the Paragraph group. This reveals your document's formatting, including the presence of page breaks.

Double-click the page break to select it.

Press the "Delete" key to remove the page break and delete the empty page.


If you still have a blank page in your document, look for a second page break either above or below the one you deleted. Remove the second page break and your blank page should disappear.