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White Space in Print Layout View

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009 by | Filed Under: MS Word

If you’re like me, you like to work in MS Word using the Print Layout view.

I simply like to be able to see my whole page, margins and all. I also like to keep an eye on the layout of the document without always jumping to Print Preview.

Now, once in awhile, I find myself working on documents that have a lot of empty space at the bottom of several pages. Maybe pages that look something like this:


At times, it would be nice to keep the Print Layout, but yet still see the document without all the white space.

In other words, I’m looking to maximize the amount of information displayed on the screen at one time.

So, I think you’ll be happy to know that you can remove the white space from view, without actually deleting the white space, in just a quick click.

Move your mouse pointer between two pages.

It should change to look something like this:


Double-click. (Older versions of Word may only need a single click… you’ll get the hang of it for your version easily enough)

Voila! The pages are put together, with the white space and top/bottom margins no longer visible.

You can clearly see where each page ends. It’s now represented by the dark horizontal line across the page.

Want to return to the usual Print Layout?

Once again, a double-click does the trick.

Move your pointer to one of the divider lines. See how it changes?


Double-click on a divider line and poof!

Your pages are separated again, with the white space, margins and all now visible!


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