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How to Delete a Page in Google Docs

Google Docs is a popular choice for word processing thanks to the extremely accessible nature of the service. It’s easy to pick up and allows you to type up documents from wherever in the world. 

However, many users are wondering about how the service really works. Something we often see asked is how to delete an unwanted page in Google Docs.

how to delete a page break in google docs

While most of the service is quite straightforward and streamlined, things such as deleting a page appear complex at first. Since Google Docs automatically creates a new page as you type, unwanted blank pages might appear in your project. In this guide, we’ll explore all the possible ways of removing unwanted pages from your Google Docs documents.

Delete an unwanted page in Google Docs

Deleting a page in Google Docs is an easy task. Depending on why the unwanted page exists in your document, you can remove it with ease using one of the methods below. Let’s get started.

Option one: Highlight and delete contents

This method works for all scenarios, including blank pages at the end or in the middle of your document. Here’s a step by step guide on how to delete a page with the highlight method.

  1. Open Google Docs and the document which contains the page you want to delete.
  2. Place your blinking cursor at the beginning of the page you want to delete.
  3. Click and drag your mouse to the end of the page to select all of the contents. Alternatively, you can hold the Shift key and single click at the end of the document to select everything.
    delete pages in google docs
  4. Press the Backspace or Delete button on your keyboard to remove the unwanted page. The unwanted page should disappear from your document.

Related: How to Change Margins In Google Docs

Option two: Adjust your custom spacing

Formatting is the nightmare of many beginner writers. Google Docs offers extensive customization for how your document is formatted, meaning that mishaps may occur. 

If the custom spacing of your document is too large, Google Docs may automatically create a new page when you finish typing. Here’s how to adjust your spacing to avoid this issue.

  1. Open Google Docs and the document which contains the page you want to delete.
  2. Navigate to the Format menu, then hover over Line spacing and select Custom spacing. This will open an option window.
    line spacing in google docs
  3. You need to adjust the space after a paragraph. If the value is set to anything higher than 0, there’s a possibility that Google Docs is adding an empty page because of this setting. In this case, change the value to 0.
    delete spaces in paragraphs
  4. Press the Apply button and see if the unwanted page disappears.

Option three: Remove a page break

Sometimes an unwanted page break causes a new page to be added in your Google Docs project. This may cause some stress, as removing a page break requires a different approach than the methods described above. 

Here’s a step by step guide to remove a page break in Google Docs.

  1. Open Google Docs and the document which contains the page break you want to delete.
  2. Place the blinking cursor before the first letter of the page. You can see an example on the picture below.
    how to remove page breaks in google docs
  3. Press the Backspace or Delete button to remove the page break. You should immediately see your document return to the correct amount of pages.

Final thoughts

We hope that our article helped you successfully delete unwanted pages in Google Docs. If you ever need assistance with this issue, return to this article and perform the recommended methods again.

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See Also:

> How to Delete a Page in Word for Mac

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