Full-Screen Mode in Word 2007

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated July 8, 2015)


Kay, a lecturer, noted that the Word 2003 full-screen mode (under the View menu) was ideal for presenting to a class on a SmartBoard via a data projector. Word 2007 does not seem to have the same option that allows the document to completely fill the screen. The Microsoft Conversion Guide states it can be found in View, Full Screen Reading, but the whole of the screen is not utilized and the Office elements around the edges are distracting to the class of viewers. Kay wonders if this function still exists but maybe in a different guise.

You are in luck—it does still exist, but has been carefully hidden by Microsoft. (Why? All in the name of an improved user interface, of course. :>)) You can pull up the traditional full-screen mode by pressing Alt+V and then pressing U. The offending Office elements are gone, and only a scroll bar remains at the right side of the screen (if the document's length warrants a scroll bar). To exit this viewing mode, press Esc.

If you prefer to have the viewing mode accessible through a toolbar, you can add the traditional full-screen mode to the Quick Access toolbar by following these steps:

  1. Click the Office button and then click Word Options. Word displays the Word Options dialog box.
  2. At the left side of the dialog box click Customize. (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. The Customize portion of the Word Options dialog box.

  4. Using the Choose Commands From drop-down list, choose All Commands.
  5. In the list of available commands locate and select the Toggle Full Screen command.
  6. Click the Add button. The Toggle Full Screen command should now appear at the right of the dialog box.
  7. Click OK.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (3917) applies to Microsoft Word 2007.

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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What is one less than 4?

2015-07-22 09:37:57


Perhaps you tried to customize the Ribbon rather than the Quick Access Toolbar.
On my Word 2010, I clicked Quick Access Toolbar and found the command is called Toggle Full Screen View. This works as described in the tip.
If I clicked Customize Ribbon, I found two commands called Full Screen (only one seemed to work) that I could put into a custom tab on the ribbon to achieve the same shortcut.

2015-07-08 12:24:34

Shelley Anne

I've found (in Word 2007) that if I want the doc to fill every inch of the screen, I need to zoom into it till its a little larger than the screen first, then press Alt V,U.

2015-07-08 11:02:35


Neat! Both hints are very helpful (Alt-V shortcut and the menu/quick access option)

2015-07-08 08:35:21


The option to Toggle Full Screen Command is not available in MS 2010, at least not my version.

2015-07-08 08:14:11


Works in MS 2010 Word and Excel also.

2012-07-13 22:36:32


Great tip! Thank you very much.

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