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: Increasing the Size of the Draft Font.

Increasing the Size of the Draft Font

Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated May 16, 2020)
This tip applies to Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003


Word provides an editing mode that allows you to suppress many of the frills typically associated with a document's display. This mode, called draft mode, results in documents being displayed in a draft font with only minimal formatting, and graphics being displayed only as place-holder boxes. You put Word into this draft mode by selecting the Draft Font check box on the View tab of the Options dialog box. (This option is only applicable if you are using Normal or Outline views of your document.)

For some people, the draft font used in this mode may not be large enough to be easily visible. If you are using Word 2002 or Word 2003, you can modify the actual font used as the draft font, along with its size. This setting is made on the same View tab of the Options dialog box (See Figure 1.) where you set the Draft Font check box.

Figure 1. The View tab of the Options dialog box.

If you are using an older version of Word, you cannot change the draft font or its size within Word itself. However, you can change the apparent size of the text by simply changing the zoom setting for the screen. Simply increase the zoom setting until the text is the size you find comfortable. If necessary, you may also want to make sure the Wrap To Window check box is selected on the Option dialog box's View tab.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (1568) 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: Increasing the Size of the Draft Font.

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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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