Word: Turn off Reading Layout viewApril 26, 2008
If you’ve been emailed a Word document as an attachment and open it in Word 2003 or Word 2007, it displays in the new Reading Layout view by default. While this is OK for some documents, I generally find it annoying (as do others I work with—they keep asking me how to turn it off!).
An extra click to close the Reading Layout view is required to get back to the usual Word view. So, if you also find this annoying, here’s how to turn off this Reading Layout view default:
- Word 2003: From the menu, select Tools > Options, select the General tab, and then clear the Allow starting in Reading Layout check box.
- Word 2007: Click the large Microsoft Office button in the top left corner, click the Word Options button, select Popular, then clear the Open e-mail attachments in Full Screen Reading view check box.
It’s that easy!
[This article was first published in the September 2004 CyberText newsletter; steps checked and updated to incorporate Word 2007, 21 August 2008]