It’s not that difficult to delete a page or even white space in Word, but not doing so seems to cause a fair amount of trouble, especially if you have a table or an image that doesn’t the end of a page does not fit.
Various methods work to solve whitespace issues, but they all effectively end up with the same goal. If you’re frustrated by blank pages in your perfectly polished documents, rogue pages in the middle, or blank gaps within pages, read on to find out how to remove blank pages and white space in Microsoft Word.
Simplest way to delete blank pages in Word
The simplest way to delete a page in Word involves placing the cursor and the delete button.
- For Windows, place your cursor at the very end of the document after any points or pictures.
- continuous pressure “Delete” until the blank page(s) disappear. On Mac, press “fn + delete.”
please note: If the blank page only appears when you print the document and it does not appear on the screen, you may need to check your printer settings.
Use paragraph marks to delete a page in Word
The most efficient and safest way to delete blank pages is to enable paragraph marks. This process makes it easier to visualize what you are deleting and what causes the gaps. The characters show the starting areas of all paragraphs, whether they contain content or not.
- In Windows, press “Ctrl+Shift+8” to turn on paragraph marks. On a Mac, press the “command key (⌘) + 8.”
- To delete empty paragraphs, place the cursor before the paragraph mark. Pressure “delete” in Windows or “fn + delete” in macOS.
- To delete page breaks, select the page break and press “delete.”
please note: If you use “Word Online” you can’t use paragraph marks, but you can still delete blank pages, as explained in the first option above.
Delete a page in Word using the navigation pane
- Choose the regard tab and then check the box next to it “Navigation Panel.”
- Select the blank page thumbnail in the left panel and press the “delete” key to remove that page from the list.
Remove white space in Word when using tables or pictures
Every time you insert a table into a Word document, a small space is added below it. If the table sits at the end of the document and forces part of it onto a new page, it becomes difficult to remove that sneaky blank page area or white space. Try one or both of the methods below to work around the table placement issue.
Option 1: Reduce font size to correct white space after table/image in MS Word
This procedure helps prevent a table from being carried over to the next page due to the white space below it.
- In Windows, press “Ctrl+Shift+8” enable paragraph marks. On a Mac, press the “command key (⌘) + 8.”
- Right-click the paragraph symbol next to the space you want to remove, and manually type in the smallest possible font size (usually 1 pt). This step shrinks the empty row down to provide more space on the page.
Option 2: Adjust paragraph spacing to correct whitespace after table/image in MS Word
- If the previous steps don’t work, change the paragraph’s spacing. go to the Paragraph section, select the “Line and Paragraph Spacing” icon, then select “Remove space after paragraph.”
- Your table should hopefully stay on one page just before the page break.
Option 3: Hide whitespace to prevent table/image from being split to the next page
If you see areas of white space in your Word document from a table or image that doesn’t fit at the bottom, you can put the table or image on the next page and eliminate the white space on the previous one. Here’s how to do it.
- Click on “Layout -> Margins -> Custom Margins.”
- Choose the “Top” and “Underside” margins, and set them up “0.”
- Go back to your Word document and double-click on the gap between page breaks.
The above steps eliminate white space between pages so that your image appears as if it is correctly below the above content. However, you may also need to add a page break.
Here is a sample headline (paragraph marks enabled) followed by an image that didn’t fit at the bottom of the page at first. The two items appear together without any white space.
No matter what changes you make to your content, Print Preview always shows the white space. As for blank pages, you’ve successfully deleted them so they don’t appear in a printout or an exported PDF. Printers usually cannot print to the edge of a page because the ink bleeds and the printer wears out faster. The instructions in this article only apply to document viewing benefits, not pressure. However, sometimes you just need to add a page break in the content to bring it closer together. If all else fails, give the page a break!