Losing the blank last page in Word

So here’s the scenario… you’ve written your document, it’s looking good, except for the fact that there’s a blank page in the middle of your document and also a blank last page of your document… neither of which you seem able to remove. You could, of course, choose to print only select pages, but that doesn’t exactly solve the problem. So, in this month’s Word Tip, I’ll walk you through some possible ways to help you delete those unwanted blank pages.

The obvious solutions

The most basic option is to go to your unwanted blank page, click as close to the bottom of the page as you can get, and press your backspace key until the page is removed; it may simply be that you’ve got an erroneous “New Page” marker or simply you’ve been over exuberant in using the ENTER key & have a number of blank rows that simply need removing.

Go to the VIEW tab ❶, select Navigation Pane in the Show section ❷, select pages ❸ and then the blank page thumbnail in the Navigation panel ❹, and press your delete key until it is removed.

Use paragraph marks (Show/Hide)

Is there anything “odd” on the page that shouldn’t be there? You can check this by displaying paragraph marks and formatting symbols by switching on the Show/Hide (see http://www.us4b.co.uk/2018/11/words-backward-p/ ). Now, look on your blank page to see if there are any symbols, especially the paragraph mark, or ¶. Select the symbol and delete it, and you will likely also delete your blank page.

If your blank page is in the middle of the document, it may be due to a manual page break. With paragraph marks turned on, you will be able to see the page break. Select it and delete it.

Tables can cause additional trouble

If there is a table at the end of your document, Word will automatically insert a paragraph after it, often resulting in a blank last page at the end of your document.

While you can’t delete this inserted paragraph, you can make it very small so it doesn’t cause a new page to be displayed. With paragraph marks turned on, select the paragraph symbol and change the font size to 1 point.

However, that still may not work, so if you can still see a blank page (even if the paragraph mark is too small to see), try changing the spacing around it.

Select the paragraph symbol, go to the Paragraph section and launch the Paragraph formatting dialog box by clicking the pop-out icon in the lower right corner of the section ❶. On the Indents and Spacing tab, change any spacing before or after the paragraph to 0. Change the Line spacing to 0 ❷. Click OK.

If those two options didn’t work, you can hide the paragraph. Select the paragraph symbol on the Home Tab ❶, and launch the Font dialog box by clicking the pop-out icon in the lower-right corner of the Font section ❷. Select the Hidden check box in the Effects section ❸ and click OK.

Switching off the Show/Hide brings the “thumbnail reality” to your document…

You no longer have a blank last page in your document.