How to Delete a Page in a Word Document

By Nick Peers

Learn how you can delete individual pages or a range of pages from your Microsoft Word documents, whether they're blank or full of content.

You can delete either a single page or a range of pages from your Microsoft Word document from wherever they are located in the document. This includes both pages with and without content, whether they are located midway through the document or at the end. If you need the pages to reappear, you can undo the changes by pressing Ctrl-Z.

Tip

  • Microsoft Word automatically saves your document every 10 minutes by default, but it does not overwrite the original file.
  • Note that you may not be able to recover the pages if you overwrite theoriginal version when saving the document and then close Microsoft Word.

Step 1

Use Draft view to view the content of the Word document without extra elements — such page boundaries, backgrounds, headers and footers. To switch to Draft view, select the View tab and click Draft in the Views group.

Tip

In Draft view, the text is displayed in a single, continuous page.

Step 2

Displaying hidden characters in Word.

Display the paragraph markers and other non-printing, hidden characters in your document by selecting the Home tab and clicking the Show/Hide button in the Paragraph group.

Step 3

Deleting the Page Break line and paragraph marker.

Scroll through the document and locate the Page Break line. The page break may be followed by one or more paragraph markers. Select the Page Break and paragraph marker and press Delete to delete the blank page.

Tip

A blank page at the end of the document may not have a page break line. Instead, select all the paragraph markers after the last word in the document and press Delete to delete the last page.

Step 4

Selecting an entire page and deleting it.

Click anywhere in the page you want to delete and switch to the Home tab. Click Find in the Editing group and select Go To from the menu to display the Find and Replace dialog. Alternatively, press F5 to display the dialog.

Type \page into the Enter Page Number field and click Go To to select the entire page. Click Close and press Delete to delete the page.

Tip

To delete a range of pages in Word, display the Find and Replace dialog by pressing F5, type the page number of the first page into the Enter Page Number field and press Enter. Press F8 to enable Extend mode and then press F5 again. Type the page number of the last page you want to delete and press Enter to select the entire range of pages. Press Delete to delete the pages.