Documents that you create or edit in word processing applications like Microsoft Word or Google Docs often need some custom spacing. You can do this by pressing the Enter key a bunch of times, or by using one of several types of breaks. But if you have added a break to a document that you don’t need (by using the steps in this article), then you may be wondering how to delete a page break in Google Docs.
If you’ve ever needed to end a page in a document before it was full of content, then you may have tried a couple of different things.
The first solution that many document creators will use is to simply press the Enter key a bunch of times and keep adding new lines until they reach the next page.
The second solution is to insert a page break, which will end the page where the break is inserted and start a new one automatically.
You can add a page break in Google Docs by going to Insert > Break > Page break.
But there is no similar option for removing a page break, and the break isn’t indicated by anything on the page, meaning that you can’t simply select it and remove it.
Fortunately you can remove a page break in Google Docs, however, by following the steps below.
How to Delete a Page Break in Google Docs
- Open your document.
- Put your cursor at the beginning of the first line below the page break.
- Press the Backspace key.
Our article continues below with additional information on deleting a page break in Google Docs including pictures of these steps.
How to Delete a Google Docs Page Break (Guide with Pictures)
The steps in this article were performed in the desktop Google Chrome Web browser, but will work in other desktop browsers as well.
Step 1: Sign into Google Drive and open the document with the page break that you wish to remove.
Step 2: Place your cursor at the start of the first line on the new page after the page break.
Step 3: Press the Backspace key on your keyboard to remove the page break.
The content that was previously on the new page should now be directly after the content that preceded the page break.
More Information on How to Delete a Page Break in Google Docs
Note that you may need to press the Backspace key several times depending on how much space there is between the page break and the content on the new page. Additionally, after deleting the page break, you may need to press the Enter key a couple of times until your document layout is correct.
Unfortunately there isn’t a fast way to delete multiple page breaks in Google Docs. You will need to go through manually with the process above and remove each individual page break using those steps.
This article is meant to delete manual page breaks. If a page break is occurring naturally because the page is full of content, then there the only way to change that is by adjusting the margins on the page.
You can adjust margins in Google Docs by going to File > Page setup and changing the margin values there, or by clicking and dragging the margins icons that appear in the rulers at the top and left side of the screen.
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