Have you ever stumbled across a blank page in a Microsoft Word document, but you’ve no idea why it’s there? A few different things could be causing it. You need to establish the origin of the problem before you can apply the remedy.
Here are four of the most common reasons for blank pages in documents, along with potential fixes.
1. Printer Settings
If you’re getting blank pages when you print a document but you don’t see any on-screen, your printer settings are probably to blame.
Covering every printer is beyond the scope of this article, but you should head to your printer’s Preferences page and look for the separator page option.
2. Check for Erroneous Paragraphs
To see if an erroneous empty paragraph is causing the issue, you need to press Ctrl + Shift + 8 to turn on paragraph marks (a little-known Microsoft Office feature). Scroll through the document and look for the ¶ icon. To remove any unnecessary ones, highlight the icon using your mouse and press Delete.
3. Check for Manual Page Breaks
Accidental manual page breaks are typically the cause of empty pages in the middle of a document.
Once again, you can use paragraph marks to help you find the problem. A page break looks like this:
To get rid of it, put the cursor at the start of the page break line and press Delete.
4. Check for Section Breaks
Section breaks are used when you want to divide and format one document in different ways. They are sub-divided into Next Page, Odd Page, and Even Page section breaks.
A section break looks like this:
To remove it, place the cursor before the break and press Delete.
Warning: Removing section breaks can ruin your document’s formatting. To remove the blank page but keep the different formatting styles, use a continuous break instead.
Did You Delete Your Page?
Did these four tips work for you? Let us know how you delete your problematic blank page in the comments below.