|Volume 4 Issue 5||May 2010|
|In This Issue|
|Why does Word sometimes print a blank page at the end?|
|Here's my advice on this common printing problem.|
|Why does Word sometimes print a blank page at the end? |
Clients often ask me: "Why is Microsoft Word printing a blank page at the end of my document? Not every document, just certain documents!"
(By the way, this problem can occur in other programs as well--word processing programs other than Word, email programs, text editors, spreadsheets, web browsers, etc.)
The answer lies partly with the literal nature of computers, combined with unintended extra whitespace.
What is whitespace?
When you write, you mostly likely:
When you're working on a given document, depending on how you edit your text, over time you may unintentionally accumulate whitespace characters at the end of the document. In my experience this forgotten trailing whitespace consists mostly of paragraph breaks, i.e., blank lines. Perhaps you're in the habit of pressing Enter multiple times at the end of each paragraph to leave yourself some extra space; later, you may move your last paragraph(s) to other location(s) in your document, leaving behind those blank lines at the end. Whatever the mechanism, over time those trailing blank lines can build up, leading to one (or more) blank pages at the end of your document. When you then print the document, your very-literal-minded computer dutifully prints every page, including the blank one(s) at the end.
To fix this problem:
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