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Deleting a page [closed]

asked 2012-10-13 18:44:50 +0200

Robbie331 gravatar image

updated 2021-05-27 21:52:17 +0200

Alex Kemp gravatar image

I have a document that I frequently update. This document was previously 2 pages but is now contained to one page. When printing, unless I remember to specify to print one page only, 2 pieces of paper go through to printer. How do I delete the second, unused, page in the document?

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I sympathize. I looked all through the menus for some way to show 'pages' (so I could delete one) or even a delete-page command. I thought, surely they wouldn't re-create the 'select and delete all the invisible formatting characters' feature of Word. But yes.

spike0xff gravatar imagespike0xff ( 2014-09-16 01:17:05 +0200 )edit

My solution: go to "table properties" (either right-click or in the table toolbar), go to the text flow tab and un-check the "Break" box. Also maybe try playing with the "allow row to break across pages" box. Hope that helps!

bilboshaggins gravatar imagebilboshaggins ( 2016-10-29 17:47:48 +0200 )edit

Same problem here. No solution works. What a mess. FIX THAT BUG please and offer a 'DELETE PAGE' Button/Menu.

wusel77 gravatar imagewusel77 ( 2019-09-25 15:24:47 +0200 )edit

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answered 2012-10-14 18:43:46 +0200

hyogapag gravatar image

Well, it depends. First of all, you should set non printable characters to visible (ctrl+F10). Then, if it's a text, delete every line of empty text under the last useful one. If there is a table at the bottom of the first page (so you can't delete the empty line at the top of the second one), place the cursor after the last character of the last cell of your table (that is, the one in the last row of the last column) and press ctrl+maj+del.

Does one of these solve your problem?

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For those of you unsure what key is 'maj' - try your shift key.

JohnD gravatar imageJohnD ( 2012-10-14 23:34:52 +0200 )edit

Thanks John, I didn't notice this Gallicism.

hyogapag gravatar imagehyogapag ( 2012-10-15 00:51:23 +0200 )edit

OH MY GOD, THANK YOU!!! I've been trying to solve this problem for MONTHS. This did it. Thank you Thank you Thank you!!

calumet gravatar imagecalumet ( 2017-02-15 10:14:35 +0200 )edit

answered 2013-04-11 20:58:50 +0200

norbi771 gravatar image

updated 2013-04-11 23:09:12 +0200

I had a page template with background template graphics+text. I unwrapped template from page for editing and finally deleted all the content in that unwrapped page. There is no content, but I cannot delete the empty page. I can't find any single hidden character, paragraph, whatever that is still locking the page.

I found nasty way to fix this. Changed odt extension to zip and then I found in the content.xml the following:

<draw:rect text:anchor-type="page" text:anchor-page-number="1" draw:z-index="0" draw:style-name="gr1" draw:text-style-name="P21" svg:width="19.201cm" svg:height="28.54cm" svg:x="0.7cm" svg:y="0.7cm">

which after removal and reverting odt extension fixed my page.

However I wish to know how to fix this by the interface, not a hack like that. If one would like to check, I am attaching the file - test-empty-page.odt.

Brgs Norbert

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There are a couple of 'clues' in your document. Click on the first page. The cursor is huge and at the right-hand page side. Move your mouse pointer to the header area. Move it slowly up and down over this area. It will change from a text cursor (bottom) to an arrow (top). On a blank page it should always be a text cursor. Move the pointer slowly upwards until it changes to an arrow. Click here. A large drawing object is anchored to the page. You can now delete it.

oweng gravatar imageoweng ( 2013-04-12 01:38:13 +0200 )edit

answered 2012-10-22 17:53:02 +0200

Robbie331 gravatar image

Thank you all for your help. It took a while for me with my very limited technical knowledge to figure out what you were telling me, but I finally got it. I eliminated the non-viewable characters and, "POOF" I'm back to one page. Again many, many thanks.

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You're welcome. To help other visitors to find answers to their questions, please mark my answer as correct (tick the grey check sign at the left of my answer).

hyogapag gravatar imagehyogapag ( 2012-10-22 21:27:31 +0200 )edit

answered 2017-10-12 22:27:35 +0200

zzapper gravatar image

Deleting the header on the trailing blank page did the trick for me

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answered 2012-10-14 21:47:32 +0200

Robbie331 gravatar image

Perhaps I gave insufficient information in my original question. I am using an iMac with 10.6 OS. I am using a HP Deskjet Printer, Model 3050A. There is no text on the second page. It appears that since there once was text on the page the program thinks the page should still be there even if it is blank. Thanks for the prompt response.

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Well, did you set non printable characters as visible? If so, you should see black dots instead of spaces, arrows where there are tabs and typical characters for end of paragraphs. Often, the problem you describe is caused by empty lines one forgot to delete.

hyogapag gravatar imagehyogapag ( 2012-10-14 22:44:23 +0200 )edit

answered 2014-09-13 22:52:28 +0200

None of this makes any sense to a non-techie like myself. I simply want to eliminate a document. Nowhere in this application to I find even the remotest clue on how to accomplish it. A simple targeting of the document with my mouse and depressing the delete key is sufficient on most text writing applications. Much as I would applaud a "free" competitor to Microsoft's Word program, libreoffice is confusing, very technical (to me) and quite frustrating in my attempts to use it. I will probably remove it from my PC. I find the free Abi Word application very easy to use and I don't have to wade through a lot of non-informative "help" files to operate it successfully.

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@gpharv.tepfer, it is difficult to provide an exact answer as the problem may be caused by a variety of issues. In the case of @norbi771 it was a hidden drawing object extending into the margin. If the text content does not run over onto a further page the usual cause is some sort of object (image, drawing, table, frame, text box, etc.) protruding into the bottom margin. It may however be caused by content specifically hidden.

oweng gravatar imageoweng ( 2014-09-14 00:53:07 +0200 )edit

Some 'non-technical' users will find the concept of a "hidden drawing object" not very intuitive. Of course it's perfectly obvious to computer geeks. It just (a) doesn't correspond to anything in real life and (b) is INVISIBLE (and there apparently is no 'make everything invisible, visible' command) and as a general rule - which I imagine is confirmed by hundreds of questions on this forum - having invisible things (that have effects) in a UI is confusing to people. Sometimes, even techies.

spike0xff gravatar imagespike0xff ( 2014-09-16 01:09:15 +0200 )edit

answered 2015-04-23 06:09:32 +0200

JWest gravatar image

I had this same problem and finally figured it out. If getting rid of non-printing characters does not work then you probably have graphics, frames or drawing items that are on the page that are invisible for some reason (for example a line that is white on a white background). Use the Navigator (View > Navigator) and then step through each item of each type (graphics, frame, drawing item, etc) and see if there is one on the page that appears to be blank. You will know if it is there because when one of the items is selected it will highlight with the grab points in each corner and be obvious. You can then hit delete. In my case it was a drawing element. When I found it it was actually at the very bottom of the page before the blank one but I knew I had the right one because I deleted it and poof the "blank" page disappeared.

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answered 2016-02-23 15:28:57 +0200

luubk gravatar image

You can click left mouse to the break line at the bottom of the page and chose Delete Page Break. You can see screenshot: http://i.stack.imgur.com/En7pt.png

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KISS.....This is the simple, straight forward answer for me. IT WORKS! I appreciate libreoffice and don't want to be ugly but I spent a half hour or so setting up a login, confusion etc. After all that I came back here to promote this solution and find that I must build credibility before doing so. I can understand why filtering is necessary but if your system could lighten up on first posters the voting etc. might be more productive. A user could be revoked if making trash posts. Thanks

Charlie3640 gravatar imageCharlie3640 ( 2016-05-04 00:57:07 +0200 )edit

answered 2017-10-18 12:37:05 +0200

Socterean gravatar image

updated 2017-10-18 12:47:51 +0200

Hello everyone!

I have made an account just to respont to this question.

I have tried all the advices on this page and could't solve my problem... then I went rampage and began clicking everywhere :))

My solution is: left click in the new page then: right click -> character -> subscript (at the top)

Later EDIT: unfortunatelly after reopening the document the problem reappears... I simply saved my page as a PDF as a workaround

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I also made an account just to respond to this response. I thought about your suggestion, and tried taking it a step farther. Doing what you said, only setting the character size to 1 instead of subscript, fixed it for me even after a few reopens.

i1296114 gravatar imagei1296114 ( 2018-05-31 22:04:39 +0200 )edit

answered 2018-09-12 21:49:24 +0200

Brody gravatar image

What worked for me was;

a. position the cursor on first position on the last page.

b. right mouse-click, Alinea

c. Remove the check (see image)

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