Monday, June 26, 2023

How to Set One Simple Setting Change That Will Make Your Microsoft Word Documents Look Better

Do you find the white space between pages in Microsoft Word distracting? 

Do you wish you could focus on your document without being interrupted by the gray areas? 

Here's a Cool Tip: Change the Setting to hide the white space in Microsoft Word.

When you're working in Print Layout view in Microsoft Word, you may see a gray area between pages. 

Microsoft Word with White Space
fig. 1 - Microsoft Word with White Space

This is the white space that's not visible when you print the document. 

If you find this white space distracting, you can hide it by changing a setting in Word.

Here's how to do it.
  • Open the document that you want to hide the white space in.
  • Click the File tab.
  • Click Options.
  • In the Word Options dialog box, click the Display tab.
  • In the Page display options section, uncheck the Show white space between pages in Print Layout view checkbox.
  • Click OK.
Microsoft Word White Space Setting
fig. 2 - Microsoft Word White Space Setting

  • The white space between pages will now be hidden.
Microsoft Word No White Space
fig. 3 - Microsoft Word with No White Space

Here are more Cool Tips to hide white space in Microsoft Word:
  • Double-click the gray area between pages. This will toggle the visibility of the white space.
  • Use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+8. This will hide all non-printing characters, including the white space between pages.
  • Use the View tab in the Ribbon. In the Show/Hide group, uncheck the White space checkbox.
  • Whichever method you choose, hiding the white space in Microsoft Word can help you to focus on your document and make it easier to read.


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