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How to delete a blank page in Google Documents

A soft document created in a word processing app can be hundreds of pages long. You can format the document any way you like with headings, sections, chapters, page breaks and more. Formatting can be tricky if you’re not familiar with how a particular word processor works and all its features. Adjusting tables, images, table of contents, indents, bulleted points, numbered lists etc, can leave blank spaces and pages in a document.

Delete a blank page in Google Documents

Delete a blank page in Google Documents

A blank page can be present at the end of a document or it can be present in the middle. Deleting it, without deleting the content of the document or upsetting the formatting of the document isn’t hard.

Delete end page

To delete a blank page in Google Documents, one that is at the very end of a document, follow these steps.

  1. Open the document in Google Documents.
  2. Scroll to the very end of the document.
  3. Click on the first line of the blank page.
  4. Tap the backspace key on the keyboard.
  5. The page will be deleted.

Delete blank page in the middle – page break

You can insert a page break in Google Documents. It’s a blank page that has no content on it. 

  1. Click on the first line of the blank page.
  2. Tap the backspace key on the keyboard.
  3. The page will be deleted.

Delete blank page in the middle 

To delete a blank page in the middle of the document that has not been added via a page break, the process is a bit different.

  1. Navigate to the blank page in the document in Google Docs.
  2. Click on the first line of the document and drag the cursor all the way down.
  3. You will see empty selected lines appear.
  4. Tap the Delete key.
  5. Repeat if any empty lines are left.

An alternate although longer method to delete a blank page in the middle of a document is to;

  1. Click on the very last line of the blank page.
  2. Tap the backspace key until the empty space and the page disappear.

Conclusion

Word processors don’t all behave the same. If you’re used to Microsoft Word, it deletes a blank page when a user taps the Delete button with the cursor at the end of the last page (the one that precedes the blank page). Google Documents does not follow this convention and you will find that many other word processors do not either. If you’re using an app other than Google Documents and Microsoft Word, try either of the two methods and one of them should work.

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