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I have a blank page in my word processing document. All of my content seems to fit on the previous page. How do I get rid of this extra page?

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I have a blank page in my word processing document. All of my content seems to fit on the previous page. How do I get rid of this extra page?


  • First make sure that there's really not any extra content. Type Ctrl+End then press Backspace until you get back to your content.

If you still have problems, try the step below:

  • Choose View > Nonprinting Characters from the pull down menus (so that the choice is checked). This will allow you to see if there is a special control character (a page break character), that is pushing the page over to another sheet. Locate that character and delete it (after making a backup of your file). Afterward, you probably want to go back into the View menu and turn off viewing non-printing characters. If you leave this choice selected, the print dialog will prompt you to print or not print these characters.

If the blank page persists, try the next step:

  • In rare cases, playing around with the Insert > Manual Break feature using a change of page style can cause 'ghost' pages. These are pages that have no apparent content, no hidden characters, and cannot hold a text cursor. In the case tested, these 'ghost' pages were removed by the following procedure:
  1. From the pulldown menus, select View -> Online Layout (on some versions this is View -> Web Layout)
  2. Scroll through your document. The 'ghost' pages should not appear.
  3. Select View -> Online Layout again (this deselects the choice). The 'ghost' pages should not return.

If the blank page is still there, try this:

  • Another possible cause of a blank page at the end of a document can occur if the content goes right to the bottom of the last non-blank page. It's possible that the last paragraph mark in the document has too large a font size to fit at the bottom of the page. Put your cursor at the top of the blank page (click with your mouse, or type Ctrl+End, and look at the font size in the formatting toolbar. If you see a large number (a large font size), change it to a small number, for example if it's set to 22 points try 10 points, or 8 points. oowriter saves enough room for a character of the specified font size on the empty line even if you have no content on the line.
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