Opening Documents in Print Layout View

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated April 27, 2013)

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Max is having a problem with Word 2003. It seems that whenever he opens a document, it is in reading layout mode. He is forced to switch each document to Print Layout view, which is his preference.

There are two things you need to do to start fixing this problem. Follow these general steps to accomplish both tasks:

  1. Open your Normal.dot document. (Open it directly in Word, don't create a new document based on it.)
  2. Choose Options from the Tools menu to display the Options dialog box.
  3. Make sure the General tab is selected. (See Figure 1.)
  4. Figure 1. The General tab of the Options dialog box.

  5. Clear the Allow Starting in Reading Layout check box.
  6. Click on OK.
  7. Switch to Print Layout view at whatever zoom setting you want.
  8. Save Normal.dot.
  9. Exit and restart Word.

If the problem isn't fixed by the above steps, then it is possible that there is some AutoOpen macro that is kicking in and changing the viewing mode behind the scenes. Check to see if this is the case. You could also create your own AutoOpen and/or AutoNew macros to set the viewing mode to your preferences. If you decide to go this route, just make sure that the macros contain commands similar to the following:

With ActiveWindow.View
    .ReadingLayout = False
    .Type = wdPrintView
End With

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Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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What is 4 + 7?

2015-06-08 17:36:32

JR

looks like this might work, but you give no instructions on how to actually "Open your normal.dot document." That is not intuitive to most people.


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