View Word 2007 in Full-Screen Mode

Microsoft Word 2003 has a full-screen mode available under the View menu which is ideal if you want to present material in a Word document.

Full Screen option in Word 2003

This option allows you to hide the Office elements around the edges of the document, making the document take up the whole screen. However, Word 2007 does not seem to have the same option. Word 2007 does have the Full Screen Reading mode available on the View ribbon.

Full Screen Reading option in Word 2007

However, this mode seems similar to Print Preview and does not produce a presentation effect. The document does not take up the whole screen and there are still Office elements around the edges of the document.

Full Screen Reading mode

The Full Screen mode from Word 2003 does exist in Word 2007, but it is a hidden feature. Enter the traditional Full Screen mode by pressing Alt + V and then pressing U. All the Office elements are removed and you are left with a scroll bar at the right side of the screen, if applicable for the length of the current document. Press Esc to exit this viewing mode.


To make the Full Screen mode more accessible, you can add this viewing mode to the Quick Access toolbar. To do this, click the Office button and then click the Word Options button at the bottom.

Selecting Word Options from the Office menu

Select Customize in the left pane of the Word Options dialog box.

Selecting the Customize Option

Select All Commands from the Choose commands from drop-down list.

Selecting All Commands

Scroll down in the list on the left side under the Choose commands from drop-down list until you find the Toggle Full Screen View command. Select it and click the Add button.

Adding the Toggle Full Screen View command

Click OK to close the Word Options dialog box.

Closing the Word Options dialog box

The Toggle Full Screen View button is now available on the Quick Access toolbar.

The Toggle Full Screen View button on the Quick Access bar

When you view a document in Full Screen view in Word 2003, the menu is available if you move the mouse cursor to the very top of the screen. However, in Word 2007, this is not the case. To get the menu back, you must press Esc to return to exit Full Screen view.

by Lori Kaufman

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