Removing a Blank Page After a Table in Word


Every time I run into this problem I can’t for the life of me remember how to fix it; Create a Word document – end the document with a table – if the table is exactly at the bottom of the document, Word automatically inserts a blank page after it. The last space in your document is a cell and even if you go there and click on the delete key, that unwanted page stays put. If you are just printing the document – no problem. throw that empty page away. If you’re fitting it into a larger document though, you need to know how to rid yourself of the phantom page.  The solutions are really work-arounds, but until the Wizard of Word shows up and tell us otherwise, here are two fixes:

NOTE:  Both of the following options require that you click on the Show/Hide paragraph marks button in Word.  It’s located in the paragraph group in the Home tab.

par marks button

This allows you to see paragraph marks and other hidden formatting symbols.  You should see a paragraph mark in the upper left hand corner for the last blank page. See the bottom of the figure below.

word with table

To Format the Paragraph Mark as a Font

  1. Select the paragraph mark on the blank page.
  2. Click in the Font size box in the Formatting toolbar.

formatting table

  1. Replace the font size with the number 1.
  2. Press [Enter].
  3. The blank page should disappear. Keep in mind: This page is merely hidden in your document. You need to adjust page numbers in your footer/header if they read (as in the sample shown above) Page x of y, with y being the total number of pages in the document.

To Format the Paragraph Mark as Hidden

  1. Select the paragraph mark on the blank page.
  2. Click on the Home tab, open the Font group by clicking the dialog launcher (small curved arrow) in the bottom right corner.
  3. Put a check in the box for Hidden and click OK.

 hidden choice

  1. Turn the Show/Hide paragraph marks button off by deselecting it. (It works as a toggle.) It is located in the Paragraph group in the Home tab.

par marks button

  1. The blank page should disappear. Keep in mind: This page is merely hidden in your document. You need to adjust page numbers in your footer/header if they read (as in the sample shown above) Page x of y, with y being the total number of pages in the document.
About the Author

Karen Homan

Karen is a 14 year veteran at an upstate New York college where she writes and edits end-user documentation to educate faculty and staff in computer software. She has been involved with software training for over 17 years, is experienced in producing training videos, blogs about technology, and creates instructional material for her day job. One of her passions is figuring things out. Her favorite motto is IBM’s old one word slogan: THINK.

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