How to delete a page in Google docs

While working in Google Docs it is common to have an extra page at the end of the document. Or sometimes due to a miss-match in margins and spacing, you could end up with a blank page in the middle of a document. This blog will focus on how to delete a page in Google docs (delete a blank page).

In most cases, an extra page shows up due to character spaces on them. This most likely happens when u have hit enter a couple of times and forget to delete it. This can be easily reversed by dragging the cursor through the page.

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After you reach the bottom of the page hitting the Backspace key. This will clear the extra characters and in turn delete the extra page.

How to delete a page in Google docs

How to delete a page using the highlight and delete method

This method is similar to the previous one. The only difference is that you highlight the extra page and hit Delete. Simply left click on the top of the page and scroll down without releasing the mouse button.

By doing this you will highlight all the characters, or spaces on that page. After which you need to press the Delete button on your keyboard. This will delete the extra page in your Google Docs.

How to delete a page while using templates

While using templates especially a resume, there are a number of tables as part of the template design. Most of the time these tables are visible but sometimes it may so happen that a few cells or even an entire table can be hidden. This may cause an extra page to show up.

To delete such pages, you first need to change the colour of the table so that the extra cells are visible.

This can be done using simple steps Format > Table > Table properties

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A pop-up window with information about the table will appear. Change the boarder to Black and the boarder width to 1 pt.

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This will make the table borders visible. You can then edit the text within the cells and delete extra columns or rows. Sometimes the height and width of the table are a cause as well they take up extra space and mess up the page setting. This can  be easily rectified once the table is properly visible.

In Google Docs line spacing is very important, especially when a table is involved. A line before and after the table is necessary for it to work properly. If there is not enough space on the page at the bottom the contents will be pushed on to the next page.

Removing the extra page by adjusting the margins

Sometime adjusting the margins is all it takes to get rid of the extra page. An extra page may show up if the margin at the bottom of the page is too big. Here is how you can reduce the size of the bottom margin. In order to do that

  1. Double click on the bottom of the page. The footer will be visible.
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2. On the right side you have three options available. you can either edit the footer or remove it completely.

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3. If you choose to remove it completely it will reduce the hassle. If you would like to have the footer but reduce the size follow the following steps.

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4. Click on the Footer format option this will open a popup editor. With the help of this, you can edit the footer as well as the header. The default size is 1.27cm this can be reduced to 0.50 or lower. Reducing the size of the header or footer or in some cases both, you will be able to increase the overall height of the page. This will reduce spillovers and you will not have an extra page.

Removing an extra page caused due to Page break

During the course of writing and editing the Document, it may so happen that you would have accidentally added a page break this is easily rectified by bringing the cursor the first word of the page and hitting the backspace / delete key on the keyboard.

It will delete the page break and leave you with an extra page free document

Note: If the Google Docs was converted from a Microsoft Word Document, the section breaks or page breaks will show up as blank pages. There is no way of deleting them from Docs unless you copy the entire document on a Word Document and delete the breaks.

In conclusion: These options are very useful if you have an extra page getting in the way of your otherwise perfect Google Docs. Simply use the method that suits you the best and you will be able to delete the extra page in your Google docs (delete blank page).

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