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Only See the Document

Friday, March 24th, 2006 by | Filed Under: MS Office Help, MS Word

Only See the Document

Do you find that you are more annoyed than helped by the menus and toolbars at the top of your Word program window?

If you’re answering yes to that question, then I’d bet that you work with keyboard shortcuts a tremendous amount of the time.

Wish there was an easy way to work without looking at all the clutter?

Well, if a minimalist view in MS Word sounds interesting, you’re definitely in the right place.

My offering today is as minimal as I’ve ever worked in MS Word. The only thing I see is one small button and my document. There are no menus, no stacks of toolbars, nothing but the document and one small “escape hatch” (so to speak).

It turns a document working space from this:

to this:

Since the change is in the way we view the document, it makes sense that we’re going to the View menu.

Once there, you’re looking for the Full Screen choice.

Instantly, your world (at least in MS Word) should change to nothing but the document and one simple button.

This button can be the “escape hatch” I mentioned above. If you click this, you’re right back to Word with business as usual.

This button is actually a toolbar and can be docked by dragging it to one of the four sides. It makes a very small border, so you still won’t feel cluttered.

I should also mention that you can use the menus from this view. Simply run your mouse pointer up into the top of the window and they’ll appear long enough for you to access what you need and then they disappear when you’re done.

Oh! One more thing. If you exit Word while still in this view, it will open back up the same way next time. So, for those of you who really like the basic, uncluttered look of it all, you shall not see another toolbar ever again!

~ April

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