Document Views

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Document Views

Document Views

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:

  1. Read Mode. Use the Read Mode view to view your document in two columns. (In Word 2007 and 2010, Read Mode is not available; instead, Full Screen Reading is an option.)
  2. Print Layout. Use the Print Layout view to see what the document will look like when printed.
  3. Web Layout. Use the Web Layout view to see what the document will look like as a Web page.
  4. Outline. Use the Outline view to see how your document is laid out and to make structural changes to your document.
  5. 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 vew in Microsoft Word:

  1. From the VIEW tab in the Views group, select a view: View Group
  2. Click on one of the document view icons in the Status Bar: Status Bar