Microsoft Word 2003 Document Viewing and Navigation

Hide White Space in Print Layout

Summary: Fit more of your Microsoft Word 2003 documents onscreen by removing white space.

When you switch to Print Layout mode in Microsoft Word 2003 (“View” – “Print Layout”), your document will be displayed onscreen similar to how it will look on paper. However, doing this adds some white space at the top and bottom of the document as well as white space between each page. This is to better make the content look like individual pieces of paper.

If you’d rather see more of your document onscreen, hide the white space. Move your mouse pointer to the gray area on the top of the screen below the ruler if it is visible, and if not, directly below the toolbars. It should change from an arrow to a double-arrow, and the tool-tip “Hide White Space” should briefly appear. Click once and the white space above the document and between each page should disappear!

If this is too confusing, you can perform the same function from the “Options” menu.

1. Click “Tools” – “Options”.
2. When the “Options” multi-tabbed dialog box appears, click the “View” tab.
3. Uncheck “White space between pages (Print view only)”.
4. Click “OK” to close the dialog box.