Microsoft Word 2003 - Set default view to print layout view

Posted on 2007-10-17
Last Modified: 2008-08-01
Microsoft Word 2003 - Set default view to print layout view
Question by:HatchIT
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    by:Chris Bottomley
    You can't set a default for all documents that you view in Word, because the view setting is stored with each individual document as a document property. You can save your document in the view with which you want it to open. Documents that you receive from others will open with the view in which they were previously saved.

    Exact words from MS i.e. you can do it for a document at save but not the default view for all doc's

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    If you are willing to create macros, and accedpt the need to enable macros with word docs then you can force the required functionality by modifiying the following in the document object of the

    Private Sub Document_New()
    End Sub

    Private Sub Document_Open()
    End Sub

    PAste the following into a new module:

    Sub Macro1()
        If ActiveWindow.View.SplitSpecial = wdPaneNone Then
            ActiveWindow.ActivePane.View.Type = wdPrintView
            ActiveWindow.View.Type = wdPrintView
        End If
    End Sub

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    by:Chris Bottomley
    To Create a macro:

    Alt + F11 to open the macro editor
         In the project tree select as appropriate:
          WORD      : thisDocument
         In the workpane select as appropriate:
          WORD      : Document
         In the workpane select the required 'event', (i.e. 'open').
         Insert the required macro(s) into the selected subroutine.
      For User Code:
         Insert | Module to insert a code module into the project
         In the project tree select the module.
         Insert the required macro(s) into the selected module, ('Module1' or similar)
    Close the Visual Basic Editor.

    Check Security as appropriate:

    In the application select Tools | Macro | Security
    Select Medium
    Select OK

    To run a macro:

    Alt + F8
    Select the macro
    Select 'Run'

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