By default, when you work in a Microsoft Word document, what you see on your screen is what you will see on paper after printing. Depending on the work you are doing and / or what the document is intended for, it is sometimes helpful to view the document in a different way. There are five Document Views, or ways to view your document while working on it:
Read Mode. Use the Read Mode view to view your document in two columns. (In Word 2010, Read Mode is not available; instead, Full Screen Reading is an option.)
Print Layout. Use the Print Layout view to see what the document will look like when printed.
Web Layout. Use the Web Layout view to see what the document will look like as a Web page.
Outline. Use the Outline view to see how your document is laid out and to make structural changes to your document.
Draft. Use the Draft view to focus on and make quick changes to your text. Note that images and headers and footers can not be seen or edited in the Draft view.
There are two ways to change your document view in Microsoft Word:
- From the View tab in the Views group, select a view:
- Click on one of the document view icons in the Status Bar:
Viewing Document Pages Side to Side
New in Word 2019 is the ability to view your document pages side to side. To do so, from the View tab, in the Page Movement group, select Side to Side. You can then select Vertical to return to the normal view. On a touch-enabled device, you can use your fingers to scroll. On a non-touch-enabled device, use the horizontal scroll bar or your mouse's wheel.
The Resume Reading Feature
The Resume Reading feature allows you to pick up in a document where you left off. To use Resume Reading, you must be working with a document that is saved on the cloud.
To use the Resume Reading feature:
- Open a document that is stored on the cloud.
- You will notice the bookmark icon on the right.
- Scroll over it and you will see the option to pick up where you left off.
- Click the link and Word will take you to where your cursor was when you last closed the document.