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.

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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 5 + 0?

2017-08-07 04:32:22

David Robinson

To embellish Rod's explanation on the four double quotes, the meaning of each quote is:
first one = opens string
second one = an ESCAPE CHARACTER to tell Excel to treat the next character as it is, and not to treat it as closing the string
third one = the actual character to substitute
fourth one = closes string.

Hope this helps. If you're unclear on escape characters they're worth a quick read, especially as my preferred option, the format mask, uses the \ escape character.

2017-08-06 02:38:39


Use a number format to display inches like . . .

# ##/##\";[Red]- # ##/##\";0\"

This will display whole numbers and fractions properly in inch format.

2017-08-05 09:06:07

Sheryl Lucas

If he changed the column label to "length (in inches)" or "length (in.)" it would eliminate the need for the quote mark altogether.

2017-08-05 08:54:19


Guy: I would, too, think it would make sense to use only three quote marks. (Or, better still, a quote followed by a backslash, and then two more quotes.) As Rod notes, though, it needs to be four quote marks.


2017-08-05 06:34:39

Rod Grealish

The quote (") is being used for two purposes, as a string delimiter and as a literal character. In this case the literal quote is doubled ("") to show that it is not to be interpreted as closing the string. This is a common problem in many programming languages where a character has a special usage in the language and also needs to be used literally without its special usage. The problem arises in wildcard searches in Word where some characters have special usages such as [,{,(. If you want to match one of these characters in a search then you need to precede it by a \ - which also means that to match a \ you need to write it as \\.

2017-08-05 05:33:59


Hello Allen:

Thanks for all the great ideas you share. In this formula, =VALUE(SUBSTITUTE(C2,"""","")), shouldn't there just be 3 quotes in the instead of 4 since 30" only has 1 quotation mark?

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