5 Solutions when Word Prints Useless Blank Pages

In this article, we will talk about 5 possible causes of printing useless blank pages in Word and the solutions to them respectively.

Now and then, frequent users of Word will bump into the situation of having blank pages printed instead of the contents they expected. If you ever met this, you are not alone. Therefore, we have this article to summarize 5 possible reasons of getting blank pages when printing. Of course, our attention is always on the way out. So, just continue to read and see whether they help.

Solution 1: Check Ink Cartridge

This is pretty obvious, right? Your printer surely cannot print anything if it runs out of ink. But the truth is we could totally forget about it when such a headache occurs.  So remember to check the ink cartridge first next time you running into a blank page printing issue.

Solution 2: Reveal Hidden Text

Out of privacy or file security matter, we may intentionally hide some texts and make them invisible. Then when it comes to printing, there are extra operations you need to do to have them visible again unless you want a blank page.

In case you accidentally forget having hid texts, you can click the show and hide symbol in “Paragraph” group under “Home” tab. By doing so can enable you to view all previously hidden words.

Now here are steps to prevent your printer from generating blank pages:

  1. Firstly, click “File”.
  2. Then click “Option” to open “Word Option” dialog box.Click "File" ->Click "Option"
  3. Next click “Display”.
  4. And go to “Print” part. Check “Print hidden text” box. By the way, if your document contains some graphics, you should also check the “Print drawings created in Word” box, too.
  5. Lastly, click “OK”.Click "Display" ->Check "Print hidden text" Box ->Click "OK"

Solution 3: Stop Printing only Data

The third causes can be you somehow have the “Print only the data from a form” checked. Though you see the document is quite normal in print preview, the papers you get from printer containing data only but nothing else.

  1. You should open “Word Options” dialog box following steps in solution 2 first.
  2. Then this time click “Advanced”.
  3. Next, scroll down to “Print” page, and clear “Print only the data from a form” box.
  4. At lastly, click “OK” like always.Click "Advanced" ->Clear "Print only the data from a form" ->Click "OK"

Solution 4: Print Directly to the Printer

  1. First and foremost, click “Start”.
  2. Then click “Control Pane”.Click "Start" ->Click "Control Panel"
  3. Next, click “View devices and printers” in “Hardware and Sound” group.Click "View devices and printers"
  4. Now right click on the printer you use and choose “Printer properties” on the list-menu.Click "Printer properties" on the Menu
  5. In the properties dialog box, click “Advanced” tab first.
  6. By default, the “Spool print documents so program finishes printing faster” is selected. You need to check the “Print directly to the printer” box.
  7. Last but not the least, click “OK”.Click "Advanced" ->Check "Print directly to the printer" Box ->Click "OK"

Solution 5: Delete Blank Pages

When you insert page breaks or section breaks, blank pages are possible to appear. This means you will have blank pages printed, which will be a waste. As for ways to deal with that, you can refer to our previous article: 6 Ways to Quickly Remove Unwanted Blank Pages in Your Word

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7 responses to “5 Solutions when Word Prints Useless Blank Pages”

  1. thank you so much.. after all the video’s 3 hrs of my time I found your page.. thank you fixed my issue

  2. Magnificent website. Plenty of helpful information here. I’m sending it to some pals ans additionally sharing in delicious. And naturally, thank you for your effort!

  3. Same problem, nothing suggested and tried worked. Still wasting a lot of paper. Why isn’t there a menue item on Print that states “No blank pages after text” that would work it’s magic? I am wasting too much time also trying to resolve this!

  4. These fixes are Useless – do not work! Word often insists on printing a blank page AFTER my wanted pages. WORD displays the blank page, so it is WORD problem, not a printer problem. Has been there for 15 years, but do Microsoft care?

  5. If your Epson printer is printing blank pages, check that your printer is kept on a flat surface because the printer will not work properly in a tilted position. After this, take out a test print to check the working of the nozzle and clean your print head thoroughly. Check if the settings of paper layout, orientation, and size are correct in the printer software. Also, check that the document you are trying to print does not contain blank pages. If the Epson printer is printing blank pages in Mac, select the option, ‘Skip Blank Page’ while configuring your Epson printer software.

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