Read Mode in Word 13

Having trouble reading your long documents in Word? Not satisfied with all the available Views such as Page Layout, Full Screening, Web Layout, Outline and Draft?

Now in Word 13 a new view is available which is named Read Mode.

What’s so different with Read Mode?

Utilities such as the toolbar, the ribbon and the scrollbar disappears from view unless we need them. This way we have a clean screen where we just focus on the reading of our document. The screen fills in with text horizontally, the margins are widen, which nearly reach at both sides of our screen.

In order to use this new view we must select the View tab and then from the area of the ribbon named Views we select the command Read Mode as shown in the image below.

View tab - Views

Straight away we are in Read Mode as we can see below:

Read Mode

Once in Read Mode in order to navigate through our document we use the Left and Right arrows which are located at the edges as shown in the image below.

Right & Left Arrows

If we have an image inserted in our document once in Read Mode, and we double click it will magnify (zoom in) as shown below. At the top right corner of the magnified image is located the Magnification Tool where we can zoom in and out. In order to return to Read Mode which just click outside the image.

Picture Zoom

Once in Read Mode we have two tabs available, which are the Tools tab and the View tab.

The Tools tab has the following commands:

  • Find: Once the Find command is selected the Navigation pane appears at the left of our screen where we can find a specific word, heading, page, etc., in our document.
  • Search With Bing: If we have selected a word in our document and used the Search with Bing command our default web browser appears using Bing search engine in order to find information for the specific word that we had selected.
  • Can’t Undo
  • Can’t Redo


The View tab has the following commands:

  • Edit Document: If we select this command we return in Print Layout in order to edit our document.
  • Navigation Pane: If we select this command the Navigation pane appears at the left of our screen in order to search for something specific in our document.
  • Show Comments: If we use this commands all the Comments that we might have in our document will appear at the right of the screen.

View Menu

  • Column Width: By selecting this command we can choose how to view our document, by selecting the appropriate Column Width. We can choose Narrow (which will split our view in three columns). We can choose Default (which will split our view into two columns), and we can choose Wide (which we will have one wide column in order to view our document).

View - Column Width

  • Page Color: By selecting this command we can change the color of the page in order to view our document. We have the following three options, None (white), Sepia (light yellow) and Inverse (black color page, white fonts).

View - Page Color

  • Layout: By selecting this command we can select the sort of Layout we want to use in order to view our document. We can choose either Column Layout view or Paper Layout view.

View - Layout

Enjoy reading your long documents now!!!

Below you can check out the video showing the new View avaliable in Word 13 named Read Mode:

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Posted on January 24, 2013, in Microsoft Office 2013 English, Word English 2013 and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Read Mode in Word 13.

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