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When editing your Google Docs document, you might find that there’s a page you no longer need (or a blank page at the end) and want to get rid of it. Here are a few tips to get the job done.

Highlight and Delete the Text

You can easily identify a page in Google Docs by locating the small break that appears at the beginning and end of a page (depending on the location of the page in the document). This is how you’re able to tell which page you’re on—if all of the content in Google Docs was on a solid white wall, it would be incredibly difficult to know where you were in the document.

If you want to delete a page, you’ll need to select all of the text on it by clicking and dragging your cursor over the text. The text will be highlighted blue when selected.

Click and drag the cursor over the text to select it.

Once it’s selected, press the “Delete” or “Backspace” key. The text will be deleted, removing the page from Google Docs.

Adjust the Bottom Page Margin

If your bottom page margin is a bit too large, it could be causing an unnecessary blank page at the end of your document. To fix this, simply reduce the size of the bottom page margin.

First, click “File” in the menu bar.

Click "File" in the menu bar.

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Near the bottom of the drop-down menu that appears, click “Page Setup.”

Click "Page Setup" in the drop-down menu.

The “Page Setup” window will appear. In the “Margins” group, reduce the “Bottom” value to any value smaller than what it is currently. Click “Ok” when you’re finished.

Adjust the bottom page margin and then click "OK."

If the page margin was the culprit, this should remove the blank page at the end of the Google Docs document. If it didn’t, you might need to try reducing the bottom page margin further. Repeat the steps and reduce the value a bit more.

Adjust the Paragraph Spacing

Paragraph spacing simply means the amount of blank space between paragraphs. Depending on what the spacing is set to, this can sometimes cause a blank page to appear at the end of Google Docs. You can adjust the paragraph spacing to remove it.

First, click “Format” in the menu bar. A drop-down menu will appear. Hover your cursor over “Line Spacing.”

Click "Format" and hover your cursor over "Line Spacing."

A sub-menu will appear. Click “Custom Spacing.”

Click "Custom Spacing."

The “Custom Spacing” window will appear. In the “Paragraph Spacing” section, change the “After” value to “0,” and then click “Apply.”

Set the paragraph spacing to "0" and click "Apply."

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If the paragraph spacing was the cause of the blank page, this should remove it.

These tips should help you remove a page in Google Docs, but if you need to reduce the page number without deleting content, you can accomplish this by adjusting the font size or by shrinking the spacing in-between lines. Play around with Google Docs’ formatting tools to get your document exactly as you want it.

RELATED: How to Change Google Docs Default Format Settings

Marshall Gunnell
Marshall Gunnell is a writer with experience in the data storage industry. He worked at Synology, and most recently as CMO and technical staff writer at StorageReview. He's currently an API/Software Technical Writer at LINE Corporation in Tokyo, Japan, runs ITEnterpriser, a data-storage and cybersecurity-focused online media, and plays with development, with his RAID calculator being his first public project.
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