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There are a few ways to delete a blank page in Microsoft Word:

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1. Using the Delete Key (Simple Case)

  • Click anywhere on the page before the blank page.
  • Press the Backspace key on your keyboard. If there's just a single paragraph mark at the beginning of the blank page, this will remove it.

2. Show Paragraph Marks and Delete Page Breaks (Common Case)

  • Sometimes, a blank page might be caused by a hidden page break. To see these, press Ctrl+Shift+8 (Windows) or Command+Option+8 (Mac). This will show paragraph marks.
  • If you see a page break symbol (ΒΆ) at the beginning of the blank page, place your cursor right before it and press Delete.
  • You can then hide the paragraph marks again by pressing Ctrl+Shift+8 (Windows) or Command+Option+8 (Mac).

3. Using the Navigation Pane (For Specific Page Deletion)

  • Go to the "View" tab and click "Navigation Pane."
  • Under "Navigation Pane," select "Pages."
  • This will show thumbnails of all the pages in your document.
  • Click on the thumbnail of the blank page you want to delete.
  • Press Delete on your keyboard.

4. Using the Find and Replace Function (For Manual Page Breaks)

  • (This method is less common but useful if the above methods fail).
  • Press Ctrl+H (Windows) or Command+Option+H (Mac) to open the Find and Replace dialog box.
  • In the "Find what" field, type "^b" (without the quotes). This code represents a manual page break.
  • Leave the "Replace with" field empty.
  • Click "Find Next" and then press Delete for each manual page break you find at the beginning of a blank page.
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