How to Delete Problematic Blank Pages in Microsoft Word

Dan Price 06-07-2017

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 How to Set Up Your Printer in Windows 10 Printers have a reputation for being difficult to set up. In Windows 10, however, it's actually a breeze. We'll show you how you can get Windows 10 to detect and connect to your printer. Read More 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.

How to Delete Problematic Blank Pages in Microsoft Word print preferences

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 10 Little-Known Microsoft Office Features You Should Know Sometimes the littlest of things make the biggest of differences. We uncover overlooked Microsoft Office features and show you how they could improve your workflow. Read More ). 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:

How to Delete Problematic Blank Pages in Microsoft Word page break word

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:

How to Delete Problematic Blank Pages in Microsoft Word section break word

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.

Related topics: Microsoft Word, Troubleshooting.

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  1. Fikile
    August 30, 2019 at 9:00 am

    This has not helped. I still have blank pages

  2. Kathryn
    January 19, 2019 at 2:20 pm

    I'm still having trouble, can you help me?