Microsoft Word, the Microsoft Office word processing program, often behaves in what one might consider a strange manner. For example, when you paste in text or graphics, Word automatically inserts a page break after the inserted item. Page breaks can lead to entire blank pages in the document. To remove blank pages follow a few simple steps.
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Open the word document and scroll through the pages to locate unnecessary blank pages.
Place the cursor at the very bottom of the page immediately before the blank page and press the "Del" key. Continue in this manner until the blank page disappears. You can see when an entire page is deleted by watching the page numbers in the bottom left of the Word window. If you cannot delete the page in this manner, there is a page break present that you must delete.
Make sure you are viewing the document in "Draft" mode. Click the "View" menu and click the "Draft" icon to be sure.
Make sure that non-printing characters are visible. These are the symbols that represent line breaks, paragraph breaks, hard returns, etc. To turn the feature on, select the "Home" menu. Click "Show/Hide" in the paragraph group. The symbols will appear on the document.
Place the cursor on the "Page Break" marker that appears immediately before the page you want to delete, and press the "Del" key.
Continue through the document until you have deleted all unnecessary blank pages.
Tips and warnings
- Instead of repeatedly pressing the "Del" key to delete a page, hold the left mouse button and select the entire blank page. Press "Del" one time.
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