Category: Microsoft Word 2007

Display the Ruler

Summary: Display a horizontal and vertical ruler when editing Word 2007 documents.

Users of previous versions of Microsoft Word are used to seeing horizontal and vertical rulers when editing documents. These are useful for document layout purposes as well as setting indents and tab stops.

Depending on your Microsoft Word 2007 configuration, however, these rulers may not be displayed. To turn these on:
1. Click the “View” tab in the ribbon at the top of Word 2007.

2. In the “Show/Hide” group, check “Ruler” to enable the horizontal and vertical rulers.

Add the Caps Lock Indicator

Summary: Display whether or not the CAPS LOCK key is held down when editing documents in Word 2007.

On most machines running previous versions of Microsoft Word, the status bar indicates whether or not the Caps Lock key is held down.

Depending on your Microsoft Word 2007 configuration, however, this indicator may be missing.

Adding the Caps Lock indicator to the status bar is easy:

1. Right-click the Word 2007 status bar.

2. Check “Caps Lock” in the menu that appears.

Configuring whether the Caps Lock status indicator will appear in the Word 2007 status bar

Hide Recent Documents

Summary: Hide the list of recent documents when opening files from within Word 2007.

When clicking the Office button at the top-left of Microsoft Word 2007, the right-pane of the popup menu displays the recently-modified documents. This way you can quickly access files you previously edited without having to browse the hard drive or network folders.

Displaying documents recently edited in Word 2007

For privacy reasons, especially if you share your machine with others or might have “peeping toms” looking at your computer inside your office / cubicle, you may wish to disable this option.

1. Access the Microsoft Word 2007 Options menu.

2. Select “Advanced” in the left pane.

3. Scroll down to the “Display” section.

4. Next to “Show this number of Recent Documents”, enter “0”.

5. Click “OK” to save your settings.

Disabling Word 2007’s Recent Documents feature

Toggle Scroll Bar Display

Summary: Toggle displaying scroll bars to zoom through larger Word 2007 documents.

Depending on your Microsoft Word 2007 configuration and the size of your current document, vertical and/or horizontal scroll bars may appear. This lets you easily navigate through documents too big to be displayed onscreen at once.

Some people may wish to disable these scroll bars to increase the amount of room available to view or edit the current document. Removing scroll bars does not limit the ability to navigate through larger documents. Scrolling can still be done using the keyboard with the cursor keys, Page Up / Page Down keys, etc.

To toggle scroll bars on or off:

1. Access the Microsoft Word 2007 Options menu.

2. Click “Advanced” in the left pane.

3. Scroll down to the “Display” section.

4. Check or uncheck “Show horizontal scroll bar” and/or “Show vertical scroll bar” as desired.

5. Click “OK” to close the “Word Options” dialog box.