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Removing Blank Pages at the End of Your Document

Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Word 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Word, click here: Removing Blank Pages at the End of Your Document.

When you print out your document, you may notice that a blank page or two prints out at the end of the document. If this is the case with your document, chances are good that you have a bunch of empty paragraphs at the end of your document. Even though you can't see them on the screen (normally), they are there and take up extra space.

To delete the empty paragraphs, simply press Ctrl+End to go to the end of your document. Then press the Backspace key until you have deleted all the non-printing characters (such as empty paragraphs). You can tell when you are done by the position of the insertion point. If it is located next to the last character you want printed in your document, you are done deleting.

If you want to see the empty paragraphs that are at the end of your document—before you delete them—you can instruct Word to display non-printing characters. Just click the Show/Hide tool on the Standard toolbar; it looks like a backwards P. When the tool is selected, you will see all the spaces, paragraphs, tabs, and other characters in your document—all the characters that normally don't show up on your screen. This can be very helpful for figuring out why something doesn't look quite right in your document.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (835) applies to Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Word (Word 2007 and later) here: Removing Blank Pages at the End of Your Document.

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Comments for this tip:

Rohn    26 Aug 2012, 13:03
I have a list of 26 techniques and features in Word that you can use to tweak your document. Things like, editing to remove/change words that force new short lines, margins, styles, line height, spacings hyphenation etc

Take a look at this doc:
https://skydrive.live.com/redir?resid=E9A78C332557256F!237
chrisbiz    18 Jul 2012, 17:10
Hi,
Thanks, but this didn't work for me. Microsoft says that you cannot prevent Word from creating/adding a blank second page. This is really frustating because while I might be close to needing a second page (approximately a line and a half away), I didn't add enough characters to justify it. Consequently, my resume has an extra blank page that I cannot seem to get rid of. Any other idea? Thanks
Chris

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