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 Page.

Deleting a Page

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated March 7, 2015)

Need a quick way to delete the current page in your document? Here's a macro that will do the trick:

Sub Delete_Page()
    ActiveDocument.Bookmarks("\Page").Range.Delete
End Sub

The macro uses a special system-defined bookmark to refer to the current page. Assign the macro to a shortcut key and you have a way to easily delete the current page—the one in which the insertion point is located. The macro bases its determination of a "page" on the current pagination of the document, which is affected by the printer driver you are using and other formatting characteristics of the document.

You should keep in mind that Word is dynamic in how it flows information in a document. Thus, let's say that you run this macro while the insertion point is located in page 5. It dutifully selects the contents of page 5 and deletes those contents, but Word then reflows the document so that everything after the old page 5 is moved up to occupy the void created—page 6 becomes page 5, page 7 becomes page 6, etc.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (227) 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 Page.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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