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Turning Off Background Repagination

Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007, 2010, and 2013. If you are using an earlier version (Word 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Word, click here: Turning Off Background Repagination.

By default, Word automatically repaginates your document as you work. At times, this may slow down the program to the point where you consider it unacceptable. The solution is to turn off the background repagination. Word will then only paginate the document when you print or perform some other action that requires pagination (such as using Print Preview). To turn off background repagination, follow these steps:

  1. Make sure you are viewing your document using Draft view. (You can set this using the View tab of the ribbon or by clicking the Draft view icon near the bottom-right of the document window.)
  2. Display the Word Options dialog box. (In Word 2007 click the Office button and then click Word Options. In Word 2010 and Word 2013, display the File tab of the ribbon and then click Options.)
  3. Make sure the Advanced option is selected at the left of the dialog box. (See Figure 1.)
  4. Figure 1. The advanced options of the Word Options dialog box.

  5. In the General area of the dialog box (scroll down a bit to find the area), make sure the Enable Background Repagination check box is clear.
  6. Click on OK.

You should note that the background repagination option is not applicable in Print Layout view. This is because Word must automatically repaginate in that view to enable the proper display of information on the screen.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (5975) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, and 2013. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Turning Off Background Repagination.

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Mort Wakeland    13 May 2016, 09:46
I have gone into View Draft and turned off background repagination. However in my text as soon as I go through the process of starting mail merge, when I get to sending the email, the document paginates through each set of information. Something is not working. Oh, using Word 2013, Excel 2013 and Outlook 2013. In the prior version of Word, I simply saw a circle going around, and whammo, it as done, now it takes forever. What am I doing wrong?
thanks, Mort
Lou Gallagher    30 Mar 2016, 22:35
The box for 'enable background repagination' cannot be un-ticked. It appears grey-ed on my screen, as it does on this webpage.
 
 

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