Microsoft Word allows you to work with your document using several different “views.” The easiest way to switch between views is to use the small view icons on the status bar.
Normally Word displays your document in Print Layout view, in an attempt to approximate what your document will look like when you print it. You may, however, want to use a different view as your default. For instance, many people like to work on their documents in Draft view.
You can change the setting as below:
- Display the Word Options dialog box. (In Word 2007 click the Office button and then click Word Options. In Word 2010 and Word 2013 display the File tab of the ribbon and then click Options.)
- Click Advanced at the left side of the dialog box.
- Scroll down until you see the General settings in the dialog box.
- Make sure the Allow Opening a Document in Draft View option is set.
- Click OK.
Once done, switch to Draft view and save your document. When you reopen it, the view you want should be used. If you want the Draft view to be used in all future new documents, you’ll have to make sure that you load the Normal template, change to Draft view, and then re-save the template.
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