I use G Suite at work. I want a stand-alone PDF version of the Docs document I am editing. When I export a 4-page document, I end up with a 6-page PDF. The 5th and 6th pages are blank. Why? Anyone have a workaround?

  • Extra carriage returns at the end of the document?
    – ale
    Jun 8, 2017 at 19:50
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    No, none that I can find and delete. Jun 9, 2017 at 0:36

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In the Google Doc help forum, there are a few answers suggesting to change the view to "print layout". Changing the view to "print layout" fixed the issue for me.

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    this worked great. my only problem is going to be remembering this tip and instead googling for this answer every time Oct 9, 2018 at 15:09

I had the same issue you had, and tried all the suggested solutions with no results. Here is what ended up working for me:

  1. Ctrl+A (select the entire document)
  2. Ctrl+X (cut the entire document out)
  3. Ctrl+V (paste the entire document back in)
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    Inconceivable! This actually worked :)
    – Thomas
    Apr 9, 2018 at 7:57
  • this worked for me.
    – Soul Coder
    Feb 4, 2019 at 18:21

Perfect solution: Go to Print Preview -> Advanced Settings -> Margins, then make sure they are either default or none. The custom or minimum setting will cause a blank page to be inserted between every used page.

Credit goes to Sean Shrubsole for this brilliant answer at https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/docs/ANASFcb3_UE: "I was experiencing the same issue ... i changed teh Print Margins from Minimal to Default and teh blank pages were removed." I just wanted to pass the information along.


View > Print Layout was already ON for me already. So, changing Paper size from Letter to A4 make the extra blank page disappear. Worked for me.

File > Page Setup > Paper Size to A4.


View - Print Layout (Ensure Print Layout is selected)

Works everytime - do not bother with the other workarounds as they do not address the issue.


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