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: Printing a Draft of a Document.

Printing a Draft of a Document

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated May 7, 2018)

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Word allows you to print drafts of your documents. This can be very helpful in speeding up the printing process, particularly if you have a complex document with lots of fonts and graphics. When printing drafts, the final fonts are not used, nor are the graphics printed in place. To print a draft, follow these steps:

  1. 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.)
  2. At the left side of the dialog box click Advanced.
  3. Scroll through the available options until you see the Print section. (See Figure 1.)
  4. Figure 1. The Print section of the advanced options of the Word Options dialog box.

  5. Make sure the Use Draft Quality check box is selected.
  6. Click on OK.
  7. Print your document.

Remember that the exact way in which draft printing is implemented is, in large part, up to your printer. Don't be surprised if you get different results doing a draft print on one printer as compared to another.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (6823) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, and 2013. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Printing a Draft of a Document.

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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2018-05-07 13:42:54

Allan

While this will work for Word--it only services Word.
A much better way to always print (for all printed items) is to set the printer to Draft.


2017-08-17 12:54:26

David

This is just one of the stupid moves on the part of MS - the draft option used to be right there when you needed it and could be set to default while you needed it for a number of differernt pages, then set it back. Not now.

Thanks a lot MS for this really dumb "improvement."


2017-05-02 18:31:47

Greg

Unfortunately this procedure does not work with the Lexmark x364dn, even when the printer is set to print Draft quality.


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