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Deleting a Range of Pages

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: Deleting a Range of Pages.

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:

  1. Press F5. Word displays the Go To tab of the Find and Replace dialog box. The Pages option should be selected, by default, at the left of the dialog box.
  2. Type 10 into the Enter a Page Number box and then press Enter. Word jumps to the beginning of page 10.
  3. If the Find and Replace dialog box doesn't go away on its own (it will in some versions of Word), press Esc.
  4. Press F8. This turns on Extend mode.
  5. Press F5. Word again displays the Go To tab of the Find and Replace dialog box.
  6. Type 16 into the Enter a Page Number box and then press Enter. Word jumps to the beginning of page 16, but selects everything from the last insertion point location because you are using Extend mode. This means that you now have everything on pages 10 through 15 selected.
  7. If the Find and Replace dialog box doesn't go away on its own (it will in some versions of Word), press Esc.
  8. Press the Delete key.

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.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (7161) 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: Deleting a Range of Pages.

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Comments for this tip:

zarvan    27 Dec 2016, 08:12
this article was so useful for me as a translator. thank you very much
Noam Fishman    18 Dec 2016, 13:24
Thanks! A very helpful tip. Great job explaining it.
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
oh, thanks a lot. I ound it very useful.
further more is there any possibility that I can ask some questions directly her?
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
fantastic.thank you.
Antony Henry    28 May 2016, 06:45
Special Thanks
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
Very helpful!
JF    11 Nov 2015, 19:13
THANK YOU!!!!!!!!
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
SUPER helpful!
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
it was suggest able for others
Giridhar    16 Apr 2015, 06:37
Thanks , it was helped alot
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
Awesome, Dude!
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
Hi Allen,

I also find your tip for Deleting the Current Page very useful:


Peter Moran

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