Posted by: kurtsh | April 18, 2015

HOWTO: Disable Read Mode as the default view in Word 2013

imageI’m sure this is written somewhere else but I’ve gotten tired of having Read Mode as the default viewer for Word 2013 files. 

I NEVER, EVER, EVER use this mode.  I always switch to Print Layout as I am almost always editing the document I’m opening, and thus it makes no sense for this view to every be used for me, much less the default. (?!?)

To make Word documents open in the “Print Layout” view instead of “Read Mode” when you first open the document, within Word 2013:

  1. Open a new document
  2. Click File –> Options
  3. Uncheck the box under “General”, “Start Up options” that reads:
    ”Open e-mail attachments and other uneditable files in reading view”
  4. Click Okay.


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