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Optimize Microsoft Word Editor Area for Better Writing

Our monitor only gives us a limited space to edit Word documents. Jumping from one page to another consumes too much time, so today we will show you some simple tips to maximize the Microsoft Word editing area for a better writing experience.

Split The Editor

Open the view tab to access the ‘Split Window’ icon and position the split bar just below the part that we want to keep static.

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With the document split into two panes, we can work on one pane while keeping the other pane static for reference.

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Each window pane acts like a separate window and we can adjust each the look and feel for each pane. For instance we can set different zoom levels for each pane.

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We can even set different layouts in each pane for better editing. For instance, we can keep the top pane in ‘Print’ layout while working on ‘Outline’ layout in the bottom pane.

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Click on the ‘Remove Split’ button to remove the window split.

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Arranging Multiple Word Windows

Click on the Arrange All button to stack two Word Document windows vertically.

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Arranging multiple Word windows into a tile is very useful when we are working on two documents and we need to reference both documents at the same time.

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Click the ‘side by side’ button so that Word aligns the two windows vertically to allow us to compare the two documents and work on them more effectively.

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We can set Word to scroll both windows at the same time for easier navigation by clicking on the ‘Synchronous Scrolling’ button.

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Microsoft has designed the view tab to give us simple solutions to maximize Word’s editing area for better writing experience. We hope that our simple tips increase our reader’s productivity with Word. Do drop us some comments if you have any other productivity tips with Word.

Zainul spends his time trying to make technology more productive, whether it’s Microsoft Office applications, or learning to use web applications to save time.

  • Published 11/4/10

Comments (4)

  1. Jacob Mastel

    If only I had known about this earlier… Amazing tip for students!!

  2. Camilo Martin

    My productivity tip: get used to recording/editing/writing macros.

    Only recording them already helps a lot.

    And if you know C# or VB.NET, there’s an awesome Office interop support.

  3. Zainul Franciscus

    @Camilo Martin, Thank you for the tip, we might release an article around those topic =)
    @Jacob Mastel, We’re glad that this tip helps =)

  4. Fodaro

    A simple one, but useful none the less: double-click the tab of the ribbon you currently have open to hide it. Then you can temporarily show it by clicking a tab, and show it normally again by double-clicking a tab. Very useful when it’s taking up all that room but you’re mainly typing.

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