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: Displaying a Single Page.

Displaying a Single Page

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated January 27, 2017)


Walter's screen shows two pages of his document, side by side. He only wants one page the full width of the screen, but he's not sure how to change that.

As you adjust the zoom settings used by Word, you may notice that Word automatically displays multiple pages of your document at the same time. This is especially true if you are using a widescreen monitor at a high resolution. In that case, as you get your zoom factor down to near 50%, Word automatically switches to display two pages.

There are a few ways that you can get back to a single page. The first thing you'll want to do, however, is to make sure you are not using one of Word's non-standard views. For instance, if you are in Reading Layout view, it can affect what is on your screen. Try pressing the Esc key, using the view icons on the Status bar, or using the choices from the View menu to return to a regular view, such as Normal or Page Layout.

One easy way to display just a single page is to simply "zoom out" a bit by holding down the Ctrl key as you move the scroll wheel on your mouse. As you zoom in and Word discovers that it can no longer display two pages on the screen, it should switch automatically to show only a single page.

Another approach is to choose Zoom from the View menu in order to display the Zoom dialog box. (See Figure 1.)

Figure 1. The Zoom dialog box.

Select the Page Width radio button and click OK. Word calculates the proper zoom percentage to show a single page at the width available on your screen. If you prefer, you can click one of the other single-page options—Whole Page or Text Width. (Pick the one that gives you the appearance you desire.)

If, for some reason, your zoom setting still doesn't look right, you may be interested in the information provided at this page on the Word MVP site:

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (966) 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: Displaying a Single Page.

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. ...


Understanding Names

Excel provides the ability to define names that refer to cells or ranges of cells. These can then be used in your ...

Discover More

Date Last Edited

You can insert several dynamic dates into your document. One you may want is to add the date when the last edit was ...

Discover More

Changing Text Case Many Times

Word provides a built-in shortcut to change the case of a text selection. Understanding how that shortcut works (and the ...

Discover More

Create Custom Apps with VBA! Discover how to extend the capabilities of Office 2013 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Access) with VBA programming, using it for writing macros, automating Office applications, and creating custom applications. Check out Mastering VBA for Office 2013 today!

More WordTips (menu)

Concise Directory of Available Symbols

Need to know what the different codes are that you can use with the Alt key, along with the characters resulting from ...

Discover More

Status Bar Icons

Near the center of the status bar Word displays a number of different icons. This tip describes the meaning of each ...

Discover More

Multiple Document Directories for Word

Word 97 users would follow these steps to specify multiple directories for documents.

Discover More

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in WordTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

View most recent newsletter.


If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is 4 + 4?

2017-12-12 18:40:15

J R Tomlin

Thanks. The only explanation for this setup is that everyone at Microsoft are utter idiots.

2017-04-01 12:28:41

the real cie

Thank you, that helped. This happens every now and then.

2017-02-09 14:06:20


Word documents are displaying differently on the screen, either several doc.s at the same time or multiple pages of the same doc. I don't know how this happened; I was copying something from a state agency web site and may have picked up some odd formatting.

I've tried to find out how to fix it, but in trying from the ribbon ("File, Home, ...") it's gotten worse. I just want to get back to the original display of Word.

I've tried closing and reopening Word, but the new display has been retained.

What advice?

2016-11-21 12:39:49


How do I set whole page view as the permanent default view? My eyes are not bad and it kills them to constantly have to adjust my document. Thanks!

2016-11-17 19:22:36


wonderful tip. Only site that solved my problem.

2016-11-15 10:17:53

jordan davis

thank you for helping me

2016-11-10 16:07:44


Why does my Word 7 open first page only of a larger text document but is O.K. for others?

2016-10-18 09:54:32


This worked fine for new documents until my document became 2 pages. Then I was back in a 2 page few. I don't care how many pages my document is, I only want to see one page at a time. I use the "Print current page" feature often and cannot when I see two pages as it will print both every time.

2016-10-17 22:52:09

Jane Clarkson

Thankyou so much for the tip. It was so easy to follow and fixed the problem straight away. Save me hours of finding a solution.

2016-10-10 23:17:17


This isn't working for what I want. I don't care if the entire page is visible, but I do want only a single page's width on my screen at 100%. In Word 97, this is what I got. In Word 2003 it always splits to two pages when the application is full screen size. Any ideas how to get what I actually want, rather than what it's assuming I do?

2016-09-12 09:14:30


hi there
thank you for your help
it help me a lot

2016-08-03 02:07:59


Thanks John, it was very helpful.

2016-07-21 17:30:18


THANK YOU!!! I am using Word 2015 and it worked for this version. Side by side pages was a REAL headache!!

2016-05-08 01:08:21

May Brit

Suddenly my manuscript changed to showing the pages side by side, I want it back to one page after another. Your tip is invalid for a Mac user. May Brit

2016-04-28 08:30:41

Ron Martin

I have been working on trying to go to a single zoom screen for 2 days. Found your tip and it work "GREAT". Thanks for the update


2016-03-29 11:20:12



Some people were close, but not all the way there which has been very frustrating.

Go to View
Select "One Page"
Select "Zoom"
Select "Whole Page"
Change percent to 112% or above.

2016-02-28 03:17:17



2016-02-03 16:08:41


use print layout, check navigation pane box and zoom to whatever percent you need will give you a single page view

2016-01-14 14:30:29

S Volk

In Word 2013:
1. Open a blank document
2. Click the View ribbon
3. Click "One Page", then Click 100%
4. Close the document.

All following documents will then open in 100% single page view UNTIL you save a document in a different view. (i.e., a document that was set to multi-page, but zoomed in to fit to one page. All other documents will open in multi-page view from that save point forward.)

It seems that the days of saving the default view in your are gone.

2015-12-18 12:09:30


Thanks for the knowledge,
Simple but took me time to find out till I had to inquire as to how single and double lines in word are dealt with.


2015-09-20 05:41:40


I accidentally moved the bottom ribbon down very low on my screen. This is the ribbon with the
+ and - buttons. How do I move it back up?

2015-04-27 12:14:22


Here's what I found that works for this problem. Put http:// in front of the links.

Also if you'd like Word to open a new document every time you start up you can go here to see how it's done as well. Enjoy.

2015-04-17 16:49:45


Thanks for this tip. Me being new to Mac, this note has immensely helped address the problem.

2015-04-14 14:33:49


Word 2013: To view one page at 100% go to the top left of the word doc and select "View" - "Layout" - "Paper Layout" and you're done. One page at 100%. Happy working everyone.

2015-04-08 12:17:10


Thanks for info on how to get a single page to enlarge :)
Worked a treat

2015-03-06 01:37:33

Steve H

Does not work on 2013.
The only thing that works is to make the Word window smaller.
Yes another bad example from MS.

2015-02-10 20:37:34

Adi Sutanto

@Frank, Jill Henning, to make it open documents in 100% and 1 page view, go to "View" menu, select "Ruler". It works in my Word 2010.

2014-12-11 15:36:26


Just click on the zoom percentage in the bottom of the window, click on the "many pages" option, select 1x1 and whatever % zoom you want

2014-12-09 13:36:51


You can't. Just one of a zillion examples of how bad MS sucks and how they make a newer product worse. How laughably ridiculous that you can't have a one-page view unless you make the view so small you can hardly read it. Sheer genius.

2014-12-02 09:26:52


This article does not solve my problem. How do I open word in 100%, one page view w/out having to edit view again and again?

2014-11-12 01:48:49


Thank you Maura, great tip.

2014-11-11 14:59:48


Maura, thankyou. Your comment is 100 times better than the whole article above it.
Worked for me :)

2014-05-29 10:09:03



I open the double view at 100%. Go to bottom of screen and click three buttons consecutively:

1st) Normal
2nd) Web
3rd ) Print

Voila - Single view editable 100%

2014-03-22 18:29:38


Thanks for this! It worked! I've been trying to find out how for hours.

2014-02-21 04:52:14

Jill Henning


I use word 2013.I cannot seem to make it open documents in 100% and 1 page view. Also how do I open with out having to click enable editing.
Hope you can help.



This Site

Got a version of Word that uses the menu interface (Word 97, Word 2000, Word 2002, or Word 2003)? This site is for you! If you use a later version of Word, visit our WordTips site focusing on the ribbon interface.

Newest Tips

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in WordTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

View the most recent newsletter.