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How to delete last blank page in Word Apps
Sometimes Word documents contain a last blank page that seems impossible to delete.

Just place the cursor after the last character, press:

Shift+Command+Forward Arrow key

to select all after such last character, and then press the Delete key. That should delete the last blank page.

[crarko adds: There was a link to an example provided, but the document appears to have been moved or removed. Still, I have observed this over the years, and it does qualify as a Word annoyance to be combatted. This is a way to do that, and a little quicker than doing a lot of backspacing.]
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How to delete last blank page in Word
Authored by: barryjaylevine on Jan 14, '11 07:35:00AM

It's probably an invisible character like a page- or section-break. Click the "show invisibles" button (the paragraph mark) and you may see it (and be able to select it easily), then delete it.

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How to delete last blank page in Word
Authored by: TonyT on Jan 15, '11 09:45:57AM

Depending on how you have your fn keys set in System Preferences, you may have to also hold the fn key

Hey, can I submit this as a hint? :-)



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How to delete last blank page in Word
Authored by: mchampag on Jan 15, '11 01:39:19PM

Better yet, drop Word altogether and use free (libre) Unix-based text processors TeX (or LaTeX) or groff. There's a learning curve, but they produce outstanding output—far, far better than Word. If the Terminal isn't for you, Pages is great and cheaper than Word. I simply don't abide Microsoft anymore.



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How to delete last blank page in Word
Authored by: RMo on Jan 15, '11 05:01:31PM

Doesn't putting the cursor as far to the end as you want and pressing the (forward) Delete key a couple times do the same thing? (If you don't have one, it's Function+Delete, where "delete" is the backwards delete key that corresponds to "Backspace" on a PC keyboard.)

Slightly better: see if it's a hidden character.

Even better: use LaTeX instead. :)



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How to delete last blank page in Word
Authored by: asmeurer on Jan 16, '11 08:26:07PM

I've also found that the pagination options for the last paragraph can affect this behavior. You can change it from "Paragraph…", Pagination (or something like that; at least that's how it is in Word 2004).



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How to delete last blank page in Word
Authored by: jchuzi on Jan 18, '11 05:50:44AM

This doesn't work at all, at least in Word 2008. Interestingly enough, QuickLook shows only one page while Word itself shows two (the second being blank).

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How to delete last blank page in Word
Authored by: Werdze on Jan 18, '11 07:36:18AM

Does anyone know if this works in Pages? I gave up on word a while ago because it is too slow on a mac.



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How to delete last blank page in Word
Authored by: CrisBCT on Jan 18, '11 09:54:50PM

I have found a magnificent replacement to MS Word in Nisus Writer. Far easier to use, and no annoying idiosyncrasies such as a difficult to remove blank last page!

The more advanced version Nisus Writer Pro has real power-user stuff: table of contents, indexing, cross references and search/replace with styles, etc, etc. It even has GREP searching! And Nisus does things the way you want, instead of making up its own mind and ignoring you!

Now I only use MS Word very occasionally and even that is too often!

Check it out, you'll be glad you did.



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How to delete last blank page in Word
Authored by: alegori5 on Jul 14, '13 10:24:24PM

Hello, I did what was recommended at the beginning of this thread but it deleted my headers on the other pages...I guess this a different question but headers and footers drive me insane. If the document has already been created and I added a Break Page, can I unlink the pages after the fact and not create havoc?
Thank you very much!



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