Suppose you have a document of 50 pages and you want to delete pages 10 to 15. You may wonder if there is a way to delete that range with a single action.
Not with a single action, no. The reason is because Word technically knows nothing about pages. Page designations are very fluid, depending on all sorts of variables such as the amount of text in a document, what formatting is applied, and which printer driver is being used.
That being said, there is a relatively easy way to delete pages 10 to 15. Follow these steps:
Even though this process is noted here as 8 steps, it really is quite quick to perform. I was able to perform them in less than 5 seconds, which is a pretty fast way to get rid of a group of pages.
Another way to approach the task is to use the Zoom control to set a very small zoom factor. If you set something like 10% or 20%, you should see a number of pages on the screen at the same time. You can then use the mouse to easily select the pages you want to delete and then delete them.
If you haven't caught on to the idea yet, in Word you need to select text (not pages) and then delete the text. Thus, another way to quickly select the text that comprises pages 10 through 15 is to jump to the beginning of page 10 and make sure the insertion point is there. Then, click on the "thumb button" on the vertical scroll bar at the right of the window and drag it until you see that it is on page 15. As you hold the Shift key, click at the point on the page where you want your text selection to end. You can then delete the selection.
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Comments for this tip:
Rob Conger 17 Nov 2016, 18:28
Genius! Extend mode! The kind of thing I knew in 1998 and totally forgot about! Thank you!
C venugopal 17 Nov 2016, 00:51
The information was really useful.
AS 09 Nov 2016, 11:21
I have a document created by someone else that has different headers on different pages. When I delete the last three pages it applies the header that was on the last page to EVERY PAGE IN THE DOCUMENT even though I deleted that page. That last page is also landscape orientation (the rest of the document is portrait. When I delete it, it also flips some or all of the pages to landscape. How do I just make it GO AWAY?
kkkiio 23 Sep 2016, 04:55
Thanks a lot!
Siamak 30 Aug 2016, 05:35
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Hadi 20 Jul 2016, 01:01
I owe you a myriad thanks...
Scholes 30 Jun 2016, 09:30
Wow....saved me a great deal. Thanks big time.
nagarajan 06 Jun 2016, 01:39
Antony Henry 28 May 2016, 06:45
Wendy 14 Apr 2016, 13:44
I cannot thank you enough!
Helen 28 Feb 2016, 09:10
This deletes everything on the pages. I want the contents but I just want to suppress certain page numbers within the full document, such as at blank pages, etc.
Z. Hristov 18 Feb 2016, 08:08
It's great.Very nice of you!
Thank you very much!!
Marsha 21 Jan 2016, 10:14
Thanks this worked great!
Mike G. 10 Dec 2015, 20:11
I've always had trouble deleting a single page in the midst of a document. I would just print it out and throw away the page I didn't want. However, if I wanted to send the document electronically, I obviously couldn't do this. I had been searching the internet for a solution and got all kinds of very technical advice with many steps that i found very difficult to follow!
THEN IT DAWNED ON ME!!! For example, if you want to delete page 7 of a 15 page document, simply open a new BLANK document, copy and paste pages 1-6 into the new document; then go back and copy and paste pages 8-15 into the new document! DUH! Page 7 gone!!! Save the new doc and throw the other one into the trash!
Martin 12 Nov 2015, 04:01
JF 11 Nov 2015, 19:13
This was the only online help that actually deleted the page!!!
mohamed 08 Nov 2015, 17:17
thanks a lot for this explanation ...i was in urgent need to do this.
Matt H. 29 Oct 2015, 14:21
Great, I had a 3,000 page document created when I did a mail merge. This took care of deleting all those empty templated pages.
Slogging thru legal docs 23 Sep 2015, 09:54
I had hundreds of pages to delete in multiple documents, THANKS!
Yug# 23 Aug 2015, 03:02
Thank You so much sir....
It's very useful tip. Helped me a lot.
Chris 11 Aug 2015, 16:23
Wen Mac, do you have change tracking turned on? That's what happens so a reviewer can see what someone deleted. Go to the Review tab and see if it's turned on.
Wen Mac 09 Jul 2015, 15:41
All it did for me was cross everything out. Nothing deleted at all. :(
Franck 21 Jun 2015, 15:25
Took me more than 30 minutes on the word help tab to figure this thing out. Thank you so much for the helpful tip...
Shame on Microsoft.... this is ridiculous to make it this hard to simply delete pages...
Ashley 16 Jun 2015, 13:13
Nikki 16 Jun 2015, 10:42
Thank you very much
Nighat 25 May 2015, 20:48
Thank you so much helped me a lot with my work
Prashant 06 May 2015, 01:22
This was really helpful, awesome!
John 16 Apr 2015, 06:39
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Giridhar 16 Apr 2015, 06:37
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kathy I 10 Apr 2015, 10:38
hi! i accidentally had an item on my return button for 390 pages. This tip worked great! Yes! Thanks!
Stefi 02 Mar 2015, 06:53
Is it possible to delete every other page on a word document without having to delete them one by one? (for instance page 1, page 3, page 5, page 6, etc...)
Alex 14 Jan 2015, 14:38
Thank you so much! We are a non-profit agency and you just made our day!
Richard 04 Jan 2015, 23:05
I have a document that includes an envelope and a 8.5x11 sheet. I use it often and "save as" when I modify it.
The envelope is page 0 (zero), and the sheet is page 2. When I print all, a blank sheet is printed as page 1.
There is no blank page. I can see only the envelope and the one sheet. If I print pages 0, 2 it's fine.
How can I delete the invisible page 1?
Mike 07 Nov 2014, 11:54
n ganesh reddy 30 Sep 2014, 03:31
thank you.. it was really helpfull
God 17 Sep 2014, 16:17
very good son
Shameer 17 Sep 2014, 12:44
how to delete a range of pages with header,footer & tables ?
loe 05 Sep 2014, 15:52
Thanks for posting!
Louanne 20 Aug 2014, 14:44
Do you know how long it took me to find wrong answers to how to delete multiple pages in word prior to finding your correct solution? Thank you so much.
Rea 18 Aug 2014, 13:50
OMG! Thank you! So much! I had a report due and it was 6 pages long. However, it was over 3000 pages of a complete mess. This was simple and helped me perfectly at first try!
big guy 23 Jul 2014, 09:50
This tip was very helpful! I'll be buying your book because of this one tip!
Ishan Agarwal 20 Jul 2014, 14:13
Many Thanks......This Helps A lot......... Good Work and Thanks Again!!
dan 12 Jun 2014, 11:18
this works. thanks for posting.
jumzy 29 May 2014, 17:42
thanks, really helped
simon 31 Mar 2014, 22:44
great - saved me hours of manual work
The Word Lady 12 Sep 2013, 15:28
Awesome, thank you - been highlighting a scrolling to delete for years!
college student 04 Apr 2013, 11:20
thank you thank you thank you. this is so simple and it saved me so much time on a big paper I was editing
Word User 11 Mar 2013, 06:46
Very helpful tip- many thanks for sharing
Peter J Moran 23 Sep 2012, 05:24
I also find your tip for Deleting the Current Page very useful: