If you can’t remove something from a document in Pages on Mac
Blue dots between words
Blue dots between words, and other blue symbols, are formatting marks (they don’t appear in print).
Choose View > Hide Invisibles (from the View menu at the top of the screen, not from the View menu in the toolbar).
For more information about invisibles, see View formatting symbols and layout.
A grey border around the document and header and footer boxes
These are layout marks to show the perimeter of body text and the location of headers and footers.
Choose View > Hide Layout (from the View menu at the top of the screen, not from the View button in the toolbar).
For more information about layout view, see View formatting symbols and layout.
A highlight on text
A highlight is added to text when it has a comment.
Click the highlighted text, then click Delete in the comment.
If the highlight is still on the text, see Remove a background colour from text to learn how to remove the highlight effect.
Headers or footers on a page (not in a table)
Do one of the following:
Remove all headers and footers from the document: Click in the toolbar, click the Document tab, then deselect the Header or Footer tickbox.
Remove headers and footers from just one section of the document: Click in the toolbar, click the Section tab, then deselect the Header or Footer tickbox.
For more information, see Add and remove headers and footers.
A shape, line or image
Click the object, then press Delete on your keyboard.
If you still can’t delete it, try the following:
If a small x appears at the corners or ends of the object when you click it, it’s locked. Choose Arrange > Unlock (from the Arrange menu at the top of your screen), then press Delete on your keyboard.
If you can’t select the object at all, it may be a master object placed on the background of the page. To make it selectable, choose Arrange > Section Masters > Make Master Objects Selectable (from the Arrange menu at the top of your screen). Click the object, then press Delete on your keyboard.
Note: Removing a master object removes it from every page in the section. If you want to make any remaining master objects unselectable again, choose Arrange > Section Masters > Make Master Objects Selectable (the tick is removed from the menu item).
A background colour on a page
The background colour of a predesigned template is a master object that appears on all pages of the document or section.
Follow the instructions above (about deleting a shape, line or image) to make the master object selectable, then unlock it.
When the object is unlocked, you can either delete the colour (it’s actually a shape with a colour fill applied), or choose a new colour fill.
If you received the document from someone else, they may have applied a background colour using controls in the Format sidebar. To learn how to change or remove a background colour applied this way, see Change the page background.
An empty page
If the empty page is at the beginning of the document, you may have placed the insertion point at the beginning of the document, then added a page break.
To remove the page break, click at the beginning of the document (before the first text or graphic).
Press the Delete key on your keyboard.
You might be using the wrong method to add or delete a page, depending on whether you’re working in a word processing or page layout document. The process for adding and deleting pages is different for each type of document. To learn how to delete pages for both of these types of documents, see Delete a page.