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: Displaying a Single Page.

Displaying a Single Page

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated April 7, 2022)


Walter's screen shows two pages of his document, side by side. He only wants one page the full width of the screen, but he's not sure how to change that.

As you adjust the zoom settings used by Word, you may notice that Word automatically displays multiple pages of your document at the same time. This is especially true if you are using a widescreen monitor at a high resolution. In that case, as you get your zoom factor down to near 50%, Word automatically switches to display two pages.

There are a few ways that you can get back to a single page. The first thing you'll want to do, however, is to make sure you are not using one of Word's non-standard views. For instance, if you are in Full Screen Reading view, it can affect what is on your screen. Try pressing the Esc key, using the tools in the Document Views group on the View tab of the ribbon, or use the view icons on the Status bar to return to a regular view, such as Draft or Print Layout.

One easy way to display just a single page is to simply "zoom out" a bit by holding down the Ctrl key as you move the scroll wheel on your mouse. As you zoom in and Word discovers that it can no longer display two pages on the screen, it should switch automatically to show only a single page.

Another approach is to use the tools on the View tab of the ribbon. In the Zoom group, click the One Page tool and you should immediately see only a single page displayed on the screen. You can also click the Zoom tool to display the Zoom dialog box. (See Figure 1.)

Figure 1. The Zoom dialog box.

Select the Page Width radio button and click OK. Word calculates the proper zoom percentage to show a single page at the width available on your screen. If you prefer, you can click one of the other single-page options—Whole Page or Text Width. (Pick the one that gives you the appearance you desire.)

If, for some reason, your zoom setting still doesn't look right, you may be interested in the information provided at this page on the Word MVP site:

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (968) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, and 2013. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Displaying a Single Page.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...


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2022-03-28 15:54:25


Thank you so much! Was always struggling to keep everything at one page, but also wanted to zoom out. Didn't know the settings for this was in the View cathegory (makes sense now).

2017-10-16 07:32:33


I created a utility through java that takes screenshot and creates a .docx file , It is working fine on my laptop as the zoom level is 125 by default , However its not displayed completely on my desktop (OFFICE 2007) , here zoom is 100 % and by default two pages are displayed when i open any docx.( I am assuming this zoom setting can be the RCA).

Since the doc is created automatically through utility , i can not change the zoom level

Any help is highly appreciated

2017-03-13 18:21:46


Zooming with the scroll wheel fixed it for me. Thanks

2017-02-21 15:38:24


These tips don't work for me. I make it go to 1 page but my zoom drops to 84%, if I then click 100% I'm back to 2 pages. I can increase my zoom to 120% to make it display 1 page but I don't want that. I want 1 page at 100% zoom. Any tips?

2016-11-08 11:05:08


I've followed the instructions and get a single page on the screen. My Zoom was set at 70% and I adjusted to 100%. My problem now is that it won't save that setting. I click on save at the 100% setting, I've done the Zoom box in the header and set it at 100% and saved it but nothing works. Each time I open the document it opens with two pages at 70% zoom.

2016-10-24 07:25:46


Thanks a lot. This helped me so much.

2016-07-08 12:58:45


This is great. I've been trying to figure this out for ages. View - One Page. Done. Thanks so much.

2016-06-18 06:10:22


For some reason, every time I try to zoom to 100%, Word knocks me out of my 1-page view. I'm trying to move documents from one computer to another, and the nice tip below doesn't seem to work. Any ideas?


2016-01-28 10:42:35


Thanks. I know to zoom in out and single page display. Every time I open a word doc, it always opens 2 pages. Where is the setting to change "open one page" default.

2016-01-14 14:31:43

S Volk

In Word 2013:
1. Open a blank document
2. Click the View ribbon
3. Click "One Page", then Click 100%
4. Close the document.

All following documents will then open in 100% single page view UNTIL you save a document in a different view. (i.e., a document that was set to multi-page, but zoomed in to fit to one page. All other documents will open in multi-page view from that save point forward.)

It seems that the days of saving the default view in your are gone.

2015-10-29 09:54:22

Paul Franklin Stregevsky

Thanks, Filip L. Your useful tip is an impressive example of outside-the-box thinking.

2015-10-29 04:41:19

Filip L

If you still want, for an example, only 50% zoom and still show one page there is a solution. Click the "50%" text on the bottom right, next to the zoom-bar, and then choose "multiple pages" and select 1x1 in the drop-down

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