How to delete a page in Google Docs

what to know

  • Place your cursor at the end of the sentence earlier on the page. Highlight the page and press Delete or Backspace .
  • Click once before the page break and press the Delete key. Alternatively, press Backspace directly after the page break.
  • Adjust line spacing: Format > Line and paragraph spacing > Custom spacing . Lower the "after" number.

There are several reasons why there are extra pages or white spaces in Google Docs. This article explains how to remove them, including empty pages, page breaks, and funky formatting.

This method is simple and makes the most sense for most situations. Whether the extra page exists due to unnecessary space or content you no longer need, removing it requires selecting the areas you don't need.

  1. Place your cursor at the end of the sentence before a blank or unwanted page. For example, to delete page 2 of a 3-page document, start at the end of page 1 or the beginning of page 2.

    Can't find where the page starts and ends? Go to Format > Switch to Page Format .

  2. Click and drag down, slowly to avoid going too far, then stop near the next sentence you see (if it's a blank page) or before the next sentence you want to keep. In our example, we stop at the end of page 2 or the beginning of page 3. The idea is to select the entire content of page 2 because we want to delete it.

  3. There should now be a long, highlighted markup on the page. Press "Delete" or "Backspace" on your keyboard to delete it immediately.

  4. You're probably done now, but make a note of where your cursor ends. If it's between two sentences, press Enter if necessary to create a new paragraph where the old page was.

If you just want to avoid printing the page, you don't have to actually delete the page. When you go to File > Print , change the Page option to Custom and select the pages you want to print. This is how it works in Chrome; it's similar in other browsers.

Creating a page break results in a blank page. You can remove page breaks just like you remove extra pages, but don't worry too much about highlighting anything.

  1. Find the page break. Since what you want to remove is white space, look for large white spaces in the document. One way to verify that it's a page break and not just a blank paragraph is to press the down arrow. If it jumps down more than one line, there's a page break there.

  2. Click once before the page break and press the Delete key. Alternatively, press Backspace directly after the page break. You may need to repeat this one or more times if there are extra spaces.

  3. The pages are now merged and the page breaks have been removed.

Google Docs may add extra space after paragraphs. This is a setting that applies to the entire document, and no backspace can fix it. If you have extra pages or white space that you can't seem to remove properly, do the following:

  1. Selects the position before the first word in the document.

  2. Go to Format > Line and Paragraph Spacing > Custom Spacing .

  3. Lower the post -paragraph spacing number or set it to 0 .

  4. Select Apply to save and exit settings.

    If this doesn't work, repeat these steps but select the first sentence after the space and change the "before" value in step 3.

Although less common, large margins can be the cause of extra pages. Narrowing the margins gives you more space to write on each page and avoids unnecessary white space.

  1. Go to File > Page Setup .

  2. Adjust the value in the Margins column (in the Pages tab). For example, if the bottom margin is set to a number that is too large, the document forces too much text to appear on the next page. Lowering the number can solve this problem.

  3. Select "OK" to save and exit settings.