Can't delete last blank page from Word

If you're reading this, you already know what this is about. Sometimes in Microsoft Word you have a blank page at the end of the document that you just can't seem to be able to get rid of. Blank pages are not blank of course, and if you click on the  icon to show paragraphs marks (called a pilcrow), you'll find that blank last page has one or more ¶.




You can try to delete these just as you would normal text, and in simple cases that works, but sometimes it doesn't. The reason for this is that Word uses the final ¶ at the end of a document to describe some special styling rules. If your document ends with a table, or columns or something other than a normal paragraph, Word has to insert an empty paragraph to contain this style. And if this empty paragraph doesn't fit on your last page because the table you have or whatever it is takes up all the space, then you end up on this blog.

Knowing this, the solution is simple - select the ¶ on the last page and change it's font to 1. This will hopefully make it fit on your last page. If not, you can shorten the bottom margin by a tiny amount to make it fit. Alternatively if you really need the pixel-perfection, you can select the ¶,  right-click, go to font, check the 'Hidden' tickbox, apply the font styling, and click on the ¶ icon to hide paragraph marks, and this will make it disappear completely from the document (it re-appears whenever you click the ¶ icon).

Comments

  1. You can easily delete the last blank page by holding the "delete" button until the last page disappears. Always worked for me

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    1. In my case it won't

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    2. The point of the article is the delete key wont always work for the last page.

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    3. Thank you! Blessings! You saved my Sunday!

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    4. Thank you SO much! A lifesaver. Finally a post that actually fixes this issue.

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    5. thanks a lot man both the option worked for me

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    6. None of these options worked for me, still have a blank last page, ready to throw the PC out the window!

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    7. Finally!!! The font trick worked!!! So happy, was messing with this thing forever, couldn't even focus on the real task at hand.

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    8. Thank you, saved my Sunday as well !

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    9. Worked like a charm!

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  2. Thank you very much for this article. I've been trying to find a solution to this for ages. The first suggestion didn't work (change the font to 1) but selecting the icon and making it hidden worked perfectly.

    @JP Octavio, that usually works, but if there is a lot of formatting, like tables or images, etc. That doesn't actually work occasionally.

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  3. Thank you!!! Changing the font to 1 worked.

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  4. Thank you so much!

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  5. And another "thank you loads" - was already 1 hour down on this stupid issue - I had a table for my CV which went all the way to bottom of 2nd page - reduced font to 1 worked

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  6. Yay!!! No longer plagued by this annoying issue. Thanks!

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  7. Thank you!!! Changing the font to 1 worked just like you said. I've been playing with it for 20 minutes. THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!

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  8. And another thank you from me.Changing the font to 1 worked for me!

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  9. Such a simple solution to such an annoying issue. Thank You, Thank You!

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  10. Word to the wise: you also have to change the paragraph before & after skip to 0pt.

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  11. get rid of your section break/page break and delete your last page! if you have header and footer, then you it will erase but you have to go back in and re-type.

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  12. Not working for me. You describe the problem perfectly, but in my case it's not a matter of space. There are a couple of inches below the table at the bottom of the page. It's a one-page document set up in two columns with a table at the end and headers and footers. I tried the suggestion of hidding the final paragraph mark--no effect. You can't see it but the extra page is still there. The problem seems to be in the section breaks. The final break says Section Break-next page. But when I tried to make it a continuous break and then delete the Next Page break, it changed itself back back to Next Page. I've removed and reinstated the column formatting -- also no effect. Any other suggestions before I go postal on Microsoft?

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    1. I have this same problem(right after a section break) If I delete this last line, the prior page goes back to a portrait(from landscape)

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    2. I had the same problem but I just found that after the prior page goes back to a portrait, re-selecting that part and make it landscape again by selecting "apply to selected paragraph" works.

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    3. Same problem with the exception of I don't have a table - no solution - very frustrated :/ This is for my resume and it looks unprofessional to show that I have an empty page and can't delete it - help!

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  13. I may have followed the directions wrong, but it messed up everything and I had to redo part of my project because of this. Anyways, after I re-did it, the problem wasn't there anymore. Lol I don't know why, but even though it messed up everything, it still did get rid of the last page but the ruinssss weren't worth it, thanks though! ^.^

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  14. Thank you! Right-clicking and choosing hidden in the font window is the only thing that worked (table with no room for text after). :D

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  15. Thank you so much!!!! Changing the font to 1 didn't work for me, but selecting the icon and making it hidden worked.

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  16. changing font to 1 worked a treat - thanks!

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  17. Thanks so much for the tip!

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  18. Thank you. I don't think my first message went through as I wasn't signed in to google. One of your comments gave me an idea about available space I cut the title on my article and pasted it in the Header column. It worked like a charm. Lucy

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  19. This worked perfectly, thank you!

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  20. I don't know what "change the font to 1" means. Perhaps you are referring to the font SIZE?

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  21. Thanks a lot - wasted half an hour before coming here :(

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  22. I tried both suggestions and am sad to say that neither worked, but then I had an idea and selected the paragraph mark and right-clicked on 'cut' and it did! I quickly saved the docx and reopened it and yep, that unwanted page is no longer there!
    Hope this helps someone else. I've fought with Word many times with this issue without success, so I'm rather pleased to have found [another] solution!
    Cheers
    am

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  23. Changing my font to 1 worked perfectly, thanks!!!

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  24. I just spent the last hour trying to figure this out, then I came across this blog, reduced the font to "1" and it worked perfectly. I love the internet!

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  25. Brilliant - many, many thanks! Tried both methods and both worked. I like making the paragraph hidden as that's the neatest solution, so I'm sticking with that. Hah, another annoying, time-hoovering Word feature vanquished! PW

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  26. Just hit command then delete if on a Mac or the delete instead of backspace on a PC.

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  27. Thanks, all my love to you!

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  28. Thanks and God Bless You!

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  29. Thank you so much, this helps! :D

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  30. Thank you!! I was using Jasper reports/ java to generate pdf/word reports and my word format was generating with an empty last page. After understanding the issue from your post, I fixed my issue by increasing the bottem header height a little bit.

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  31. YES, size font 1! It worked! Thank you!!

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  32. Thanks very much.This thing annoyed me very much .Changing font to 1 worked.

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  33. Font size 1 didn't work, but selecting and making it hidden did. Thank you so much!

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  34. Great tips! Worked for me as I had a table on the last page. I actually laughed at the accurate pathway described in getting to this blog.

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  35. selecting as much as I could on the last page and using CTRL+X (cut) was the only thing that worked for me... it caused some other formatting issues, but they were all easily remedied.

    Thanks!

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  36. Did you ever know that you're my hero?

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  37. Changing the font size to 1 worked. Thanks the Lord, I can't believe how much of a pain in the a$$ it was getting rid of that last page!

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  38. Best solution ever! Thanks a bunch!

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  39. Genius!! Yay it worked. Thank you :-)

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  40. lol thanks man, i was going crazy with this.. changing the font to 1 worked like a charm ..

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  41. Thanks for the great explanation. Also, thanks for bolding and underlining the solution. Very helpful!

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  42. Changing the font size to 1 worked like magic. Thank you very much!

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  43. Thank you! I was driving myself nuts and tried every other suggestion on the internet. This is the only one that worked. Again, thank you!

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  44. Thanks so much! Finally got rid of that dumb pilcrow on the last page of my resume by changing the font size!

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  45. Thank you! The 'font size 1' -trick saved my day (the yesterday was already ruined because of this problem).

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  46. Thanks a lot. That saved from confusion !

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  47. THANK YOU!!!!!!!! Hidden font worked for me! :D

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  48. Finally got rid of the damn page. Thanks!

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  49. THANK YOU!!!!!!! Changing the font to 1 worked!!!

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  50. You are a lifesaver! Even my wife who is efficient in word didn't know this.

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