Use focus view

 Note   If you are using Office 2011 (version 14.1 or earlier) focus view is called full screen view. For more information about the full screen view in Mac OS X 7 (Lion), see Reduce screen clutter for easier document viewing.

If you open a document primarily to read it, focus view optimizes the reading experience. Focus view hides all toolbars except for toolbars that control reading and writing. If you want to edit the document, you can switch to writing mode while in focus view. Writing mode is optimized for writing and includes only the most frequently used writing tools.

Do any of the following:

ShowRead documents

The reading mode in focus view is optimized for reading so that the page always fills the screen. If your monitor is large enough, you can view two pages side-by-side. In addition, you can search the document, and view comments and revisions.

  1. On the View menu, click Focus.
  2. To set reading options, rest your mouse pointer over the top of the screen to display the focus view toolbar, and then click Read.
  3. Click Options, and then make the changes that you want.

 Note   Page-turn effects are disabled when viewing two pages side-by-side.

ShowWrite documents

Writing mode in focus view is optimized for writing. Only the most frequently used writing tools are included in this mode. In writing mode, you can apply text formatting, insert comments, track changes, insert media, save, and print.

  1. On the View menu, click Focus.
  2. Move your mouse to the top of the screen to display the focus view toolbar, and then click Write.

Word displays the writing toolbar, which includes the most frequently used writing tools.

  1. To set writing options, rest your mouse pointer over the top of the screen to display the writing toolbar.
  2. Click Options and then make the changes that you want.

ShowSwitch between reading and writing mode

  1. On the View menu, click Focus.
  2. Move your mouse to the top of the screen to display the focus view toolbar, and then click Write or Read.

 Tip   You can assign your own keyboard shortcuts to switch to focus view, and to close focus view. On the Tools menu, click Customize Keyboard. Under Categories, click All Commands, and then assign keyboard shortcuts to the ToggleFull command to easily switch in and out of focus view, and to the CloseReadingMode command to close focus view and return to print layout view.

 Tip   To exit full screen view, point your mouse to the top of the screen, and then click Exit.

See also

Views in Word

Create or delete a keyboard shortcut

Reduce screen clutter for easier document viewing

 
 
Applies to:
Word for Mac 2011