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Word: Turn off Reading Layout view

February 7, 2008

Does Reading Layout view drive you mad? Well, you can turn it off once and for all.

To stop reading layout view from opening automatically when you receive a Word document via email:

Word 2003

  1. Go to Tools > Options then the General tab.
  2. Clear the Allow starting in Reading Layout check box.
  3. Click OK.

Word 2007

  1. Click the large Microsoft Office button in the top left, then click the Word Options button.
  2. Select Popular, then clear the Open e-mail attachments in Full Screen Reading view check box.
  3. Click OK.

Word 2010

  1. Go to File > Options.
  2. Select Popular, then clear the Open e-mail attachments in Full Screen Reading view check box.
  3. Click OK.

That’s it!

[This article was first published in the June 2006 CyberText Newsletter; updated to include Word 2007 details, 21 August 2008, and Word 2010 details, 21 January 2012]

3 comments

  1. This still doesn’t work. Full Screen layout only functions once the page is at 100% zoom or larger. Otherwise, the page still starts at the left of the screen and has two pages across. Insistently infuriating.


  2. If it’s Reading Layout (or Full Screen Reading in Word 2010) that’s causing the problem, you can press ESC to close it.

    However, you might have the ‘Two pages’ view on instead — I just noticed that this doesn’t show the icon in orange when enabled (Word 2010), so try clicking that icon to see what happens (it’s on the View ribbon in the Zoom group).

    –Rhonda


  3. This still doesn’t work. Full Screen layout only functions once the page is at 100% zoom or larger. Otherwise, the page still starts at the left of the screen and has two pages across. Insistently infuriating.

    by Emily Smith January 21, 2012 at 12:23 am

    Same here. Cannot even access the clicks the author says to use here.



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