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How to Make a Print Layout the Default View Layout in Microsoft Word

One of the features in Microsoft Word is the ability to change the way you view your document while it is on your screen. Some people prefer the "Print Layout," which includes margins, while others prefer the "Draft" view, which eliminates the margins. Other views include "Full Screen Reading," "Web Layout" and "Outline." The Print Layout view is the program's default view in Word 2007 and 2010, but you can also make the Draft view your default. To switch back to a default Print Layout view, you need to disable the default Draft view in Word's Advanced Options.

Click the "File" tab to bring up the backstage view.

Click "Options" from the menu on the left side of the screen.

Click the "Advanced" tab in the "Word Options" pop-up window.

Scroll down until you reach the "General" category.

Uncheck the box next to "Allow opening a document in Draft view" and click "OK."

Click the "View" tab on the toolbar at the top of the screen.

Select the "Print Layout" document view. This will now be the default when you open Microsoft Word.

Click the Microsoft Office button in the upper left corner of the screen.

Click "Word Options" and select "Advanced."

Find the "General" category.

Uncheck the box next to "Allow opening a document in Draft view" and click "OK."

Click the "View" tab on the toolbar at the top of the screen.

Select the "Print Layout" document view. This will now be the default when you open Microsoft Word.

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Gina Poirier has a professional background in nonprofit administration and management, primarily with youth development organizations. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in international studies from the University of Washington and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Alaska Anchorage.