How to Delete Pages in OpenOffice Writer Documents

By Nick Davis

If your OpenOffice Writer document contains an expanse of blank space, you can easily delete pages you do not want without the hassle of guessing where the page starts and stops.

Using the "Nonprinting Characters" Utility

Step 1

Open OpenOffice Writer. Open a document by clicking "File" and "Open". Find your document and click "Open".

Step 2

Click "View" and "Nonprinting Characters". Your document's view will change and you will see a series of codes indicating page breaks and other formatting.

Step 3

Locate the reverse "P" symbol, which indicates a page break, at the end of the page or paragraph before the blank or other unwanted page you want to delete. Highlight the symbol with your mouse.

Step 4

Press the "Backspace" or "Delete" key on your keyboard to delete the symbol and remove the page break.

Step 5

Press the "Delete" key repeatedly to remove any blank lines that may be present before the next paragraph or page. You will see your document's lines reformatting.

Step 6

Click "View" and "Nonprinting Characters" to turn off the utility.

Using the "Web Layout/Online Layout" View

Step 1

Open OpenOffice Writer. Open a document by clicking "File" and "Open". Find your document and click "Open".

Step 2

Click "View" and "Online Layout" or "Web Layout". Your document's view will change and you will see your document in a website-type view.

Step 3

Click at the beginning of the page you want to delete. Press the "Delete" key to remove the page. You may have to press the "Delete" key repeatedly to remove blank lines before the next paragraph or page. You will see your document's lines reformatting.

Step 4

Click "View" and "Print Layout" to return to OpenOffice Writer's default view.

Using the "CTRL" and "End" Key Sequence

Step 1

Open OpenOffice Writer. Open a document by clicking "File" and "Open". Find your document and click "Open".

Step 2

Press the "CTRL" and "End" keys together to jump to the last page of your document. Use this method if to remove blank pages at the end of your document.

Step 3

Press the "Backspace" key to delete the page. You may have to press the "Backspace" key repeatedly to remove multiple blank pages at the end of your document.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can also delete a page within a OpenOffice Writer document by highlighting the page with your mouse and pressing the "Backspace" or "Delete" key. Your document will automatically reformat.