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Turning Off Background Repagination

Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Word 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Word, click here: Turning Off Background Repagination.

By default, Word automatically repaginates your document as you work. At times, this may slow down the program to the point where you consider it unacceptable. The solution is to turn off the background repagination. Word will then only paginate the document when you print or perform some other action that requires pagination (such as using Print Preview). To turn off background repagination, follow these steps:

  1. Select Options from the Tools menu. Word displays the Options dialog box.
  2. Make sure the General tab is selected. (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. The General tab of the Options dialog box.

  4. Ensure the Background Repagination check box is clear.
  5. Click your mouse on OK.

You should note that the background repagination option is not applicable in Print Layout or Page Layout view. (The name of the view depends on your version of Word.) This is because Word must automatically repaginate in that view to enable the proper display of information on the screen.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (1261) applies to Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Word (Word 2007 and later) here: Turning Off Background Repagination.

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Comments for this tip:

awyatt    07 Feb 2013, 11:12
Jacob,

Note the paragraph right after the steps. Unfortunately, the screen shot was grabbed while in Print Layout view, so the box is grayed. Work in Normal view, and the check box will be available.

When in Print Layout view, the document is always repaginated in real time; it cannot be turned off.

-Allen
Jacob    07 Feb 2013, 10:59
But how do you uncheck the background repagination box? Even in your example picture, the box is greyed out and unclickable, yet you give no explanation of how to deal with it.
awyatt    16 Nov 2011, 11:32
J,

Yes, this particular tip is for the older versions of Word (up through 2003), which people choose to use for a variety of reasons. In those versions there is, indeed, a Tools menu.

If you want a version of this tip for newer versions of Word, then check the link at the end of the tip.
j    16 Nov 2011, 11:21
WHAT "tools" menu?
Do you use older Word, too, because the newer one sucks worse?
This yet another of the myriad reasons is why I switched to Sun/Oracle Open Office----IT WORKS.

And it's free.

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