7 Replies Latest reply: Nov 15, 2012 8:36 AM by Jacki
Jacki Level 2 Level 2 (225 points)

Have a 400-page document in Pages and need to delete the blank page at the beginning, but it won't let me!  I have "show invisibles" displayed but nothing is on that page.  I have tried deleting it by viewing the thumbnails but that is wanting to delete the whole 1st "section" (23 pages) and that's not what I want!!

 

How can I delete page 1?

 

Thanks!


Mac Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.1)
  • 1. Re: Can't Delete First Page
    fruhulda Level 6 Level 6 (15,110 points)

    Have you tried position the insert cursor just in front of the first word? Then delete backwards.

  • 2. Re: Can't Delete First Page
    Jacki Level 2 Level 2 (225 points)

    Yep

     

    It almost acts like it doesn't think that first page even exists!!  I had originally imported this document from Word after getting very aggravated with Word, and this is my first experience with Pages (which up till now has been SO much nicer!).  When I turn on View Layout - even that does not appear on that weird first page...  It's like a "ghost page" or something - but I do need it gone!

  • 3. Re: Can't Delete First Page
    fruhulda Level 6 Level 6 (15,110 points)

    Ah, I am not surprised that it is originally a Word document. If you like you can send me tha document and I will try to get rid of the blank page. I can't help you by writing here. To get my address click on my blue name.

  • 4. Re: Can't Delete First Page
    Jacki Level 2 Level 2 (225 points)

    Thanks so much for your offer to help, but this is a copyrighted book that I'm formatting for a published author, and I'm not at liberty to send it

     

    Is there anything you can direct me to try to do?  I'm a techie myself, so I'm pretty good at finagling - just need some suggestions and direction!

  • 5. Re: Can't Delete First Page
    fruhulda Level 6 Level 6 (15,110 points)

    Hard to say when I don't see the document, sorry.

  • 6. Re: Can't Delete First Page
    Badunit Level 6 Level 6 (10,815 points)

    How about trying one of these ideas (on a COPY of the document, just in case):

     

    Select everything in the section except for the first page.

    Copy

    Create a new blank section

    Paste the copied stuff into the new section

    After reviewing to see that everything looks as it should in the new section, delete the old section

     

    or,

    Go to the top of the second page

    Insert section break

    Hopefully the blank page is in a section by itself now.

    Delete the blank section

  • 7. Re: Can't Delete First Page
    Jacki Level 2 Level 2 (225 points)

    That did it (option 1)!!  Thanks SO much!