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Deleting a Google Docs sheet is easy, but what do you do when you need to get rid of one page on Google Docs and you have important content on the rest of the sheet? You can delete a page by simply identifying and removing the runoff space. And the easiest way to do that is with the “Delete” key.

So, how do you delete a page in Google Docs? Here are 4 easy methods to delete a page in Google Docs:

  1. Erase all content on the document
  2. Press delete after the last acceptable word
  3. Backspace from the blank page
  4. Remove lower-margin customization

In this post, we will go over four ways to get rid of a page in Google Docs, alongside ways to undo mistakes you might make. By the end of this article, you’ll know how to delete a page in Google Docs and what to do if you accidentally delete words in the process. Let’s get started with method one.

Method 1: Erase All Content on the Document

This method entails removing all content on a Google Docs sheet or page to get it automatically deleted. It leverages Google Docs’ inbuilt command to delete documents that are turned blank after they have been populated with content.

The main perk of this method is that you can execute it with a few button presses and mouse clicks.

Its drawback is related to sync issues. If the Google Docs app is not connected to the internet or is dormant for any reason, the erased content will not lead to content deletion.

We will cover other reasons blank pages don’t usually get deleted automatically after covering the steps of this method.

Step 1 – Select All the Content on a Specific Page

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If you want to delete all the pages in a document, you can simply press “Ctrl” (“Cmd” on Mac) and “A” to select all the text instantly. Then you can proceed to delete all the content using the “Backspace” and “Delete” buttons.

Step 2 – Press the “Delete” or the “Backspace Button to Erase the Text

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Both buttons serve the same function once the text is selected.

If text isn’t selected, backspace removes content prior to the cursor position. Delete removes content ahead of the cursor (on Windows).

Step 3 – The Page Will be Deleted Once the Change is Updated

A blank page gets deleted instantly because Google Docs changes are updated rapidly.

Method 2: Press Delete After Setting the Cursor to the Last Acceptable Word

If you want to delete a blank page generated past the final words of your document, you can simply set the cursor at the end of your text and use the Delete key to remove the blank page ahead.

This method is most effective when you don’t have any content past the blank page. But if the blank page is in the middle of the document, using the “Delete” key can be dangerous.

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Let’s cover the simple steps for removing a blank page after the final word of your document.

Step 1 – Hover the Pointer Over the Last Sentence of the Final Word

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This step will allow you to drop the cursor at a specific point in the document.

In Google Docs, the pointer and the cursor are separate. The cursor dictates text interactions, while the mouse pointer allows you to change the cursor’s location.

Step 2 – Click at the End of the Final Word

Try to be as precise as possible. You need the cursor to be the final thing on the page with only the blank space as what follows.

Step 3 – Navigate to the Full Stop

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The cursor often drops in the middle of the final sentence or even behind the final word. So if the cursor is not positioned after the full stop, use the right arrow key to bring it there.

You can use the right arrow key to bring it into the position covered in the last step. If the cursor drops at the second-last line, the down arrow key can bring it to the final line.

Step 4 – Press and Hold the “Delete” Key

Once the cursor is positioned after the final word of your document, you can hold the “Delete” key to remove all the spaces on the blank page after that point.

If there is a blank page between the pages you want to keep, you should not ‘hold’ the “Delete” key. Instead, you should press it once or twice until you see the blank page gone.

As mentioned earlier, it is dangerous to press “Delete” from the last word on the page before the blank one if there is text on the pages after the blank page.

The middle of the document’s blank pages is trickier to delete with the “Delete” key because you can easily remove content from the page after the blank page.

Blank pages can occur in the middle of the document if you make changes to the last paragraph of a page in the middle of the document. Instinctively pressing “Delete” will generate a new page for further writing.

This pushes the next page past the blank one. Simply deleting the space generated with that one stroke will remove the blank page.

But if you hold the delete key too long, you’ll remove half the content on the next page. That’s where the third method of deleting a page becomes relevant.

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Method 3 – Backspace From the Blank Page

If you accidentally generate a page in the middle of a document, you can remove it by placing the cursor on said page and hitting backspace until the blank page vanishes.

Generally, these pages are generated accidentally and are only one space deep.

Try to place the cursor one-third to one-half down the page. This allows you to get as many spaces as you might have accidentally input on the blank page. Once you start hitting backspace, the page will vanish.

It is possible to go overboard with this method as well. If you hit and hold the backspace key too long, the content on the previous pages might start getting erased.

Here are the steps to delete a blank page in the middle of a Google Docs document:

Step 1 – Place the Cursor on the Blank Page

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Ideally, this should be as low as you can place it without getting into the footer area. The lower middle section of the page is perfect in most cases. The cursor automatically rises to the final point prior to the point of selection.

Step 2 – Press “Backspace” Once

If the page was generated with an accidental “Enter” keystroke, pressing “Backspace” once will cause the page to vanish. If multiple spaces exist on the blank page, one “Backspace” won’t erase the whole thing.

Step 3 – If the Blank Page Hasn’t Vanished, Press “Backspace” Again

Repeated “Backspace” keystrokes will eventually get rid of the blank page. Often 2 to 3 presses are required.

Step 4 – More Backspaces

Keep pressing “Backspace” at short intervals until the cursor reaches the last word on the previous page.

In rare instances, you might need to keep pressing the “Backspace” key many times.

Step 5 – If the Page Persists

If there is still a blank page on the next page, place the cursor on the page ahead of the blank page and retry.

If there are blank spaces on the final line of the blank page and you position the cursor above these spaces, the “Backspace” keys won’t affect them. But if you place the cursor before the first word on the next page, you can eliminate the blank page.

Method 4: Remove Lower-Margin Customization

This is the final method of removing runoff space on Google Docs. It is slightly more complicated but can also get rid of future issues.

But before we dive into these steps, we must address the cause of blank pages in a specific context.

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When you paste content from elsewhere or work on a Google Doc someone else has created, you might be working with an ample default space after paragraphs.

The default space is usually the space between lines and between paragraphs. It can vary slightly, which is why you can tell where a paragraph begins.

If you have a large space underneath your paragraphs, it can generate a new page as it runs off onto the next page. You can manually remove the space with a backspace, but it is much better to remove the excess spacing by deleting custom spacing.

Here’s how you do that:

  • Select the text – To do this for the whole document, you can use “Ctrl” + “A.” That’s “Cmd” + “A” for Mac users. Doing this will select all the text in the document.
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  • Click format – You can access format settings via right-click and from the options bar at the top.
  • Navigate to “Line and Spacing” – Line and spacing settings deal with the default space we need to minimize.
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  • Change your paragraph spacing to 1.5 or Double – The individual line spacing can be set to 1 to 1.5, but the paragraph spacing should be different from line spacing. It should be slightly higher. If you have runoff space, then this space is too large. Bring it down to double at a maximum.
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The advantage of this method is that you won’t have to repeatedly backspace under the final paragraphs of each individual page. But it also has a drawback because it requires your document to have particular settings, which might not be the ones that serve your document.

How to Choose the Best Method of Deleting a Page on Google Docs

If the four methods in this post overwhelm you, you can start with the easiest solution and backspace the empty page.

Move to the more challenging solution only if you need a different solution than the low-effort ones. That way, you’ll delete the page with the minimum effort required.

Google Docs Blank Page Won’t Delete: Why?

Generally, Google Docs doesn’t produce a blank page unless the cursor is pushed from the previous page to the next one, as the content fills the previous pages.

If you remove the content on the intended page, the page itself gets deleted. But there are a few instances where the page might be blank but may not get deleted automatically.

Here are the reasons why a Google Docs blank page won’t delete:

  • There are custom spaces in the document – This usually happens when content is pasted from another source.
  • There is a margin beneath the previous page’s final line – If you have set margins at the bottom to be affected by the content, then a blank page might be generated as the previous page gets populated.
  • You have pressed “Enter” and moved the cursor page to the previous page’s last line – Google Docs generates a new page any time the previous page is completely used, and you tap the “Enter” key.

How to Delete a Page in Google Docs With a Header

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To delete a page in Google Docs with a header, you just need to delete all the content on the page. The header alongside the page will vanish.

To individually delete the header, you must double-click the header region until it is editable. Then you can remove the header, which will vanish from all the pages.

Alternatively, you can:

  1. Double-click the header section.
  2. Click “Options” in the lower right-hand area of the header
  3. Click “Remove header”

How to Delete a Page in Google Docs on Mac

You can follow all four methods described above to delete Google Docs pages on a Mac. The Google Docs user interface and the menu bar will be the same on a Mac as on Windows.

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The main difference between Windows and Mac when deleting Google Docs pages is the “shortcut keys” or “hotkeys”. For example, to select everything on the page, you would:

  • Hit “Ctrl” + “A” on Windows
  • Hit “Command-A” on Mac, also known as a “Command-click”

How do You Undo Delete on Google Docs?

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If you accidentally deleted more content than you were supposed to, holding “Ctrl” and pressing the “Z” key will trigger an “undo” command, bringing back the previous text.

Alternatively, you can utilize the Google Docs menu bar. Simply click “Edit”, then “Undo”.

Recap: Deleting Google Docs Pages

Deleting a page on Google Docs requires removing all of the content on that page.

If the page is blank but isn’t deleted, then (invisible) spaces on the page might need to be backspaced or deleted.

Ultimately, removing the content and the runoff space on the Google Docs page will eliminate the blank page.

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FAQs

How do I Delete an unwanted page in Google Docs? ›

To delete a Google Docs page using the delete key:
  1. Open your Google Docs document.
  2. Navigate to the page that you want to delete.
  3. Press and hold your mouse cursor near the top of the page.
  4. Drag down across the whole page beyond the final line of text. ...
  5. Press Delete or Backspace.
  6. Your page should now delete.
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Can you Delete a single page in Google Docs? ›

Open up the Google Docs app. Now, highlight the blank page you want to delete and hit Backspace or Delete. If the blank page is at the end of a paper, hover your cursor near the top of the page until you see the Remove option appear, click on it.

How do I Delete a slide in Google Docs? ›

  1. On your computer, open a presentation in Google Slides.
  2. At the left, click the slide you want to delete. If you want to delete multiple slides, hold the Shift key and click them now.
  3. Press Delete or Backspace on your keyboard.

How do I Delete an extra blank page? ›

Delete a blank page
  1. Press Ctrl+Shift+8 (⌘+8 on a Mac) to show paragraph marks.
  2. Select the paragraph mark.
  3. Select inside the Font size box, type 01, and then press Enter . The paragraph now fits on the preceding page, removing the unwanted blank page.
  4. Press Ctrl+Shift+8 again to hide the paragraph marks (⌘+8 on a Mac).

Why won't Google Docs let me Delete a page? ›

Another thing that you or someone else may have done unintentionally is inserted a page break into the document. If that has happened, you can try to delete the page, but you won't have much success. You'll have to remove the page break in order to get rid of that extra page.

How do I Delete a page in one? ›

Open the page's menu in the bar at the top of the screen. Click on the three dots to the right of the page that you want to delete and click Delete page.

How do I Delete a single page in Pages? ›

Delete a page

In a page layout document: Click View in the toolbar, choose Show Page Thumbnails, select the page thumbnail, then press Delete. In a word-processing document: Select the text and objects you want to delete, then press Delete until the page is cleared.

Can you Delete a Google page? ›

Delete a page

On a computer, open a site in classic Google Sites. Click the page you want to delete. Delete page. Click Delete.

Why won't my blank page delete? ›

If your blank page is in the middle of the document, it may be due to a manual page break. With paragraph marks turned on, you will be able to see the page break. Select it and delete it. It should be gone.

Why can't I delete a blank page? ›

Another issue that can cause a blank page you can't delete is when you or another user inserted a page break into the page. You can clear this by ensuring a page break starts a new page, which will let you delete the blank page. To update this section setting, select the Layout menu and select Margins in the ribbon.

Why can't I delete my page? ›

The most common reason for not being able to delete a Page is because the user is not an admin of the Page. If you are an admin and you still can't delete your Page, it's possible that there may be another admin who may have canceled the Page deletion before the 14 days passed.

How do you Delete a slide? ›

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open a presentation in the Google Slides app.
  2. At the bottom, touch and hold the slide you want to delete. If you want to delete multiple slides, tap them now.
  3. Tap More. Delete.

What keys do you press to delete a slide? ›

In the pane on the left, Ctrl+click or right-click the slide thumbnail that you want to delete, and then click Delete Slide. Alternatively, click the slide you want to delete, and then press Delete.

Why can't I Delete a slide in Google Slides? ›

To find the delete option in Google Slides: Open up your Google Slides presentation from Google Drive. Select the slide you want to delete. Right-click on your selected slide and press Delete Slide.

How do I delete a blank page in Google Chrome? ›

How to remove about:blank on Chrome. Open Chrome, click the three vertical dots, and select Settings. Click On startup, and select Open a specific page or set or pages. Remove about:blank as a start page.

How do you delete blank pages on Google Chrome? ›

In Google Chrome, head to menu > Settings. Scroll down to the “On startup” section and select either “Open the New Tab page” or delete about:blank from the web pages that open on startup and choose your favorite web page.

How do you Delete a page in layout? ›

Removing Pages From Page Layouts
  1. Open a page layout. The Page Layout Editor opens.
  2. Right-click on the small rectangle that represents the page you want to remove, and select Remove Page. ...
  3. Click to save your work.

How long does it take Google to remove a page? ›

Processing can take a few days. Approved: The request for update was approved, and should be live in Google Search results. Denied: The request was denied for one of these reasons. Expired: The request was approved but has expired.

What causes a blank page? ›

About:blank is a page that appears when your browser has nothing else to display. It's not a page on the internet, but rather something internally inside your browser.

Why is it so hard to delete blank pages in Word? ›

Unwanted blank pages are usually caused by manual page breaks. In the default view, Word hides the appropriate control characters, so it's difficult to spot the correct place to delete the page. It's easier if you adjust the view. The function Show/hide paragraph marks helps you with that.

How do I go to my deletion page? ›

Tap or your profile picture in the bottom right to go to your profile. Tap in the top right, then tap Settings. Tap Account, then tap Delete account at the bottom. Tap Deactivate account then select an option from the drop-down menu below Why are you deactivating your account?

How do I delete a single slide? ›

Delete slides
  1. Single slide - Right-click and select Delete Slide.
  2. Multiple slides - Hold Ctrl and select the slides you want then right-click and select Delete Slide.
  3. Sequence of slides - Hold Shift and select a sequence of slides then right-click and select Delete Slide.

How do you delete a slide without a mouse? ›

Select the "Delete Slide" option

You can also press the "delete" key on your keyboard while the slide is selected to delete it.

What is Ctrl N used for? ›

Frequently used shortcuts
To do thisPress
Create a new document.Ctrl+N
Save the document.Ctrl+S
Close the document.Ctrl+W
Cut the selected content to the Clipboard.Ctrl+X
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What is the use of Ctrl M? ›

Ctrl+M is used to indent a paragraph in Microsoft Word and other word-processing software. The indent keeps growing if you repeatedly use this keyboard shortcut. To indent the paragraph by three units, for instance, hit M three times while holding down Ctrl.

What does Ctrl d do in slides? ›

In Microsoft PowerPoint, Ctrl + D inserts a duplicate of the selected slide. Select the desired slide in the thumbnail pane on the left side of the PowerPoint program window, then press Ctrl + D . This keyboard shortcut may also be used to duplicate objects like shapes.

How do I delete a slide explain everything? ›

Delete slides

To open slide editing options, select Edit. Select the slide (or slides) you'd like to remove. To remove the slides, select Delete. Select Delete to confirm deleting of your slide(s).

How do I delete a hidden slide in Google Slides? ›

An eye crossed by a bar will appear and the slide will turn a bit transparent, which indicates that it is now hidden. If you want to unhide it and make it visible again, unselect the 'Skip slide' on the slide menu. And you're done!

How do you delete a section of a slide? ›

To move or delete a section, select View > Slide Sorter. From here, you can: Move a section: Right-click and select Move Section Up or Move Section Down. Delete a section: Right-click and select Remove Section.

How do I Delete a single slide? ›

Delete slides
  1. Single slide - Right-click and select Delete Slide.
  2. Multiple slides - Hold Ctrl and select the slides you want then right-click and select Delete Slide.
  3. Sequence of slides - Hold Shift and select a sequence of slides then right-click and select Delete Slide.

Can you separate pages in Google Docs? ›

3 steps to separate pages in Google Docs.

From the dropdown, select File > Open and locate your document. Navigate to where you want to create the page break and position your cursor there — usually at the start of a new topic, header, or paragraph. From the dropdown, select Insert > Break > Page break.

How do you Delete a section of a slide? ›

To move or delete a section, select View > Slide Sorter. From here, you can: Move a section: Right-click and select Move Section Up or Move Section Down. Delete a section: Right-click and select Remove Section.

How do you Delete a single cell in Google Slides? ›

Right-click a row, column, or cell. From the menu that appears, choose Delete row, Delete column, or Delete cell.

What does Ctrl R do in Google Docs? ›

Keyboard shortcuts for Google Docs
Common actions
Left alignCtrl + Shift + l
Center alignCtrl + Shift + e
Right alignCtrl + Shift + r
JustifyCtrl + Shift + j
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How do you separate pages? ›

Select "Organize pages" from the tools menu. Select "Split document" from the available options. Enter the number of pages or maximum by which you want to split the document. Click "OK" to split.

How do you split a page? ›

On the View tab, click Arrange, and then click Split. If the window is wide enough, Word displays Split directly on the View tab.

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