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Microsoft Word 2007

Changing the View for Email Attachments

When opened from an email attachment, a Word 2007 document opens in the Full Screen Reading view. This can be changed so that your attachments open in Print Layout, which is the default Word workspace. The view that is best for you depends on your purpose and your preference. A description of both views is provided here:

Full Screen Reading View
As its name implies, the Full Screen Reading view displays a 2-page spread that fills your computer screen. Line layout and other formatting may appear slightly distorted. The OFFICE button and the Ribbon are not available. The focus is on reading the document.

Print Layout View
This view is the default Word 2007 view. It typically displays a single page (depending on the magnification setting). The OFFICE button and the Ribbon are available. The focus is on editing and formatting.

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return to topChanging the View for Email Attachments: View Options Menu

You can change the way email attachments open in the View Options menu. By toggling Don't Open Attachments in Full Screen off, you alter Word so that all attachments open in the Print Layout view. These instructions start from a blank or current document open in Word.

  1. On the View tab, from the Document Views group, click FULL SCREEN READINGFull Screen Reading view button
    The Full Screen Reading view opens.

  2. From the View Options menuView Options button, select Don't Open Attachments in Full Screen
    NOTES:
    This option toggles off opening of attachments in Full Screen Reading view.
    The option is selected if a checkmark appears next to it.
    Don't Open Attachments in Full Screen: deselected

return to topChanging the View for Email Attachments: Word Options Screen

Here is another approach to changing the way email attachments open in Word. The Open e-mail attachments in Full Screen Reading view toggle is available from the Word Options menu.

  1. From the OFFICE menu, select Word OptionsWord Options button

  2. From the Category list, select Popular

  3. From the Top options for working with Word section, deselect Open e-mail attachments in Full Screen Reading view
    NOTE: The option is selected if there is a checkmark in the box.
    Top options for working with Word section

  4. Click OK
    Attachments will now open in Print Layout view.

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