Delete a page in Google Docs

There are a few reasons why you might want to delete a page in Google Docs† You may decide to delete all content on a particular page, you may have a blank page in the middle, or you may have a persistent blank page at the end of your document.

Here we show you how to delete a page in Google Docs for each of these situations.

All text selected on a page in Google Docs.

Delete a content page

If you have a page full of content, be it text, images, or both, you can easily delete it.

Step 1: Select all content on the page. You can do this by dragging your cursor through it, which will highlight it.

Step 2: Press backspace on Windows or remove on Mac to delete the content.

Step 3: If you leave a blank page by deleting the content, press backspace or remove while your cursor is at the top of the page. This should take you to the previous page.

Cursor at the top of a page in front of the text.

Delete a blank page

You may have a blank page in the middle of your document. This can happen if you insert a page break or if you previously deleted a table of contents.

Step 1: Go to the page following the blank page.

Step 2: Place your cursor at the beginning of the text on that next page, before the first word.

Step 3: Press backspace or remove on your keyboard.

This should move the text from the next page to the blank page, eliminating the blank page.

Custom spacing in Google Docs for after paragraphs.

Remove a blank page at the end

As you create your document and add and adjust the text and spacing, you will see a blank page appear at the end of the document.

One way to remove the blank page is to place your cursor at the end of it and keep pressing backspace or remove until you reach the previous page.

If this doesn’t work, you may need adjust the distance† You may have too much space at the end of the paragraph on the previous page, creating a new page.

Step 1: Go to FormatLine and paragraph spacing in the menu and select Custom Distance in the pop-out menu.

Step 2: Select the Pages tab.

Step 3: Edit the number below Paragraph spacing in front of After† If this number is above zero, this could be the culprit.

Step 4: After adjusting the distance, select Apply and you should see your blank page disappear.

Bottom margin setting in Google Docs.

Double check your bottom margin

Another thing to check that can cause a blank page is your bottom margin. If this margin is set too high, it may also cause a blank page at the end of the document.

Step 1: Go to File and choose Page Settings

Step 2: In the pop-up window, check the measurement for the bottom margin. Normally this is set to 1 inch by default.

Step 3: You can use the bottom measure to a smaller number and choose Okay

This can also remove a blank page at the end of your document. However, keep in mind that this may affect the appearance of your remaining pages.

Now that you know how to delete a page in Google Docs, here are some of the best new features of Google Docs you may find useful. Or if you’re considering moving to Microsoft Word, check out our comparison of Word vs Documents

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