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Delete blank page

PostPosted: Sat Aug 30, 2008 12:54 am
by philk949
Hi,
Sometimes, after reformatting font sizes, or for other reasons, one is left with blank pages at the end of the document. How do I efficiently delete this/these pages?
Thank you.

Phil

Re: Delete blank page

PostPosted: Sat Aug 30, 2008 1:52 am
by Caracalla
Just delete everything on it, including non-printng characters.

Re: Delete blank page

PostPosted: Tue Nov 04, 2008 5:58 pm
by mixedcontent
I have a blank page that I want to delete. I position the I-beam pointer in the big empty page box. I press "delete". The cursor now appears at the end of the last column of the last table on the previous page. The empty page is still showing. There is a header and a footer, and when I display non-printing characters, there is one "paragraph" symbol that I can't seem to delete. I can't select it. If I put the cursor beyond it and backspace, I am taken to the previous page. If I put the cursor before it and press Return, I insert another paragraph symbol. This one can be backed out, but the last paragraph symbol in the big empty box of text refuses to go away. So the blank page remains.

I think I've tried all that is suggested here, to no avail.

Re: Delete blank page

PostPosted: Tue Nov 04, 2008 6:08 pm
by mister_d
I've changed page margins (make them smaller) before to eliminate that page

Re: Delete blank page

PostPosted: Tue Nov 04, 2008 6:39 pm
by Hagar Delest
Can you upload a sample file (see: How to attach a document here)?

I've already seen that problem here but not sure I'll be able to find it out quickly, better see the file in itself.

Re: Delete blank page

PostPosted: Fri Feb 05, 2010 2:52 am
by roger.brown
I have the exact same problem as user "mixedcontent" has described above.
I'm using OO 3.1.1 on Windows XP.

Attached below is the document -- TimeMonitor.odt.

Thanks if anybody can figure it out!

Re: Delete blank page

PostPosted: Fri Feb 05, 2010 6:29 am
by acknak
Try this:

1) Put the editing cursor in the final paragraph (Crtl+End)
2) Insert > Fields > Other > Functions > Type: Hidden Paragraph; Condition: TRUE
3) Click "Insert"

Re: Delete blank page

PostPosted: Sat Feb 06, 2010 1:48 am
by roger.brown
Thanks.

I tried that and I can see the greyed out line it added but after that I still can't delete the blank page.

Can you try it on the attached file above?

Anybody else have any other ideas?

Re: Delete blank page

PostPosted: Sat Feb 06, 2010 2:05 am
by acknak
Can you try it on the attached file above?

Sure. That's how I arrived at the steps I gave.

... I can see the greyed out line it added but after that I still can't delete the blank page.

You can never "delete" a page. OOo Writer does not allow you to manipulate pages at all. The page is there because there is document content that needs someplace to appear, so another page is needed. If you hide the final, empty paragraph, or make it small enough so that it fits on the same page as your table, the extra page is not necessary and it will not appear.

Make sure the option View > Hidden paragraphs is OFF, and also the print option to print hidden content.

 Edit: PS: 
You can accomplish the same thing by putting the cursor in the last, empty paragraph and changing the font size to "2" Just click in the font size display and edit the number, then press Enter. That makes the size of that final paragraph small enough to fit within the margins of the previous page.

Re: Delete blank page

PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2010 11:50 pm
by roger.brown
acknak wrote:...
Make sure the option View > Hidden paragraphs is OFF, and also the print option to print hidden content.

 Edit: PS: 
You can accomplish the same thing by putting the cursor in the last, empty paragraph and changing the font size to "2" Just click in the font size display and edit the number, then press Enter. That makes the size of that final paragraph small enough to fit within the margins of the previous page.


Thanks for both tips -- (I had looked at the drop-down list of font sizes before and didn't think i could go smaller than 6) -- that did it!! :D

Thank you very much!

Re: Delete blank page

PostPosted: Tue Jan 25, 2011 1:47 pm
by pratim
Hi,

I found simple solution . Press ctrl+end it will take you to the last page(I assume last page is the blank page). Now keep pressing the back space till the time the cursor will move to the the previous page.Once it will reach the previous page you can see the blank page to move way. You have to do multiple time if you have more than one blank page.

Re: Delete blank page

PostPosted: Fri Feb 04, 2011 2:19 pm
by burocat
I am running Mac OS X 10.6.6 with OpenOffice org 3.2.0 on a MacBook Pro and can't delete the blank Page 1 which suddenly appeared in my text document, possibly after I changed the font size.. Two non-printing characters denote select and adjust table column but I am unable to delete them. There are no tables in my document. Backspacing, using the delete key, etc., does not rid me of the unwanted page. Other solutions suggested here also have not proved effective.

I have also found Open Office will suddenly change the magnification of a document while I am typing even though I do not use the trackpad gesture necessary to make such a change. I then have to restore the original size via the View menu and zoom control.

Any assistance in dealing with either or both of these snafus would be much appreciated.

Re: Delete blank page

PostPosted: Fri Feb 04, 2011 3:25 pm
by Hagar Delest
Can you upload the file with the blank page (see: How to attach a document here)? For your other problem, please create a new topic.

Hi,I have the same problem

PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 2011 9:02 am
by hotellina
If I'm here to tell this to everyone it's because no one of the previous explored solutions has worked for me.

You can download the file here http://www.hotellinaservices.com/privat ... ed%201.doc
please try to remove the last page without modify the table before of it.
I hope our Oracle will fix this bad bug.

Re: Delete blank page

PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 2011 9:29 am
by RoryOF
Workaround: Simply reduce your bottom margin to 0.625 inches (1.6cm).

Re: Delete blank page

PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 2011 12:44 pm
by Hagar Delest
I just tried something that works: create a new paragraph style and set its font to 1pt. Then apply it to the paragraph after the table and you're done.

That's not the first time I notice that direct formatting is not retained in an external format export whereas the same setting through a style is.

NB: but for the record, opening the files (your attachment above and the modified file I tested) leads to several pages in MS Word 2003 with pages having only 1 row at top of page.

Re: Delete blank page

PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2011 6:11 pm
by b51harris
I got an extra page after I created a table. The table on the second page had nothing in it. I right clicked on each row and deleted each row. That got rid of the second page. Now I don't have to worry about using extra paper when I print if I forget to just print the one page.

Re: Delete blank page

PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2011 5:19 pm
by Bill Sawyer
I have found when there is a blank page at beginning or end of a document that one of two things will work.

Highlighting everything with cursor and hitting the "Delete" or "Backspace" key on the keyboard.

Highlighting everything with the cursor and going to the menu bar: Table > Delete > Table

Re: Delete blank page

PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2014 2:52 am
by winnier
Save doc and Close OpenOffice. Open doc. Place cursor at top left corner of blank's writable area and Left click to stick cursor there. Backspace once to put cursor at end of doc text on previous desired page. Blank will take off.

Re: Delete blank page

PostPosted: Thu Sep 18, 2014 5:25 pm
by time base
I found a solution.
Select the Paragraph on the unwanted (last) page.
Then select Format, Paragraph, and under Breaks, unselect "Insert".
worked like a charm in my document.
Good luck :super:

Re: Delete blank page

PostPosted: Mon Aug 31, 2015 3:02 pm
by niijel
I suspect the following 'problem' is caused by me lacking an item of information...

I have found that the following creates a blank page with a single empty paragraph on it that I cannot remove using all the advice given above.

Original document is .doc
Saved as .odt
Document has page footer but no headers.
There is no page footer on page 1.
Insert a table at bottom of page 1, aligned bottom.

Result is a blank page 2 (complete with footer) that I cannot remove.

It seems wrong to have something visible that I cannot select and cannot delete?

Re: Delete blank page

PostPosted: Mon Aug 31, 2015 6:17 pm
by RoryOF
You can see empty paragraphs, spaces, tabs by enabling /View /non printing characters.

I have a memory (possibly faulty) of previous discussions about tables enforcing a trailing empty paragraph. It was something to do with full page tables giving a second but blank page, occupied only by the empty paragraph. Perhaps reduce that empty paragraph to 2 pts (minimum allowed) and change the table alignment so that it all fits on the previous page but 2 pts higher, which ought not be obtrusively noticeable. I don't use tables, so cannot be of more specific help.

Re: Delete blank page

PostPosted: Fri Sep 04, 2015 5:42 pm
by niijel
Thanks for the suggestion, unfortunately not a solution I could use. Essentially I had a batch of documents created in various versions of MS word by many different authors and all heavily ammended. The requirement was to apply a set of corporate styles to them and meet the companies style guidelines. The conclusion I arrived at was that AOO (and other similar products based on the open office code) had issues with paragraph styles, the management of styles and the interaction between styles and toolbar options. Many of these (sometimes subtle) issues have been causing problems to users for years (I looked in various forums to determine this). Thankfully I found a low priced commercial product that met my needs and included diagnostic tools to resolve the problems hidden in the documents.

Re: Delete blank page

PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2016 6:28 pm
by clions
I had the same problem. I created a new document with the margins etc. needed to accommodate my text. (I only had a one page document, a resume.) I then copied and pasted from the old document with the extra page, into the new blank document.

Re: Delete blank page

PostPosted: Fri Jul 03, 2020 10:07 am
by ianshilstone
I suffered this issue when I had only a header and a table on the first page. The second page was stubborn and couldn't be deleted. What worked for me was to:
1. Select the table
2. Copy it into the clipboard (e.g. (Ctrl-C)
3. Delete it
4. Insert a / some blank line(s)
5. Paste the clipboarded table (Ctrl-V) above the blank line
6. It's fixed

So it seems that the "feature" is caused by the content being limited to a table, so make sure you have some extra content, and bingo!