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Can I Change The Word Default Zoom When I Open Word Docs?

Posted on 2010-09-13
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Currently when I open a Word doc it defaults to 100% zoom. But I would like to change that so that when I open Word docs it defaults to 200% zoom.

How can i change that for future Word docs?

See below. Thanks!
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Question by:matrix0511
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by:argh226
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As far as I can remember, the default in word can be modified with the normal.dot.
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by:matrix0511
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argh226, how do you do that?? Do you have to modify the code somehow?
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by:Chris Bottomley
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Close word documents then open the .dot

Open:

c:\documents and settings\USERNAME\application data\Microsoft\templates

Double click on normal.dot to open it

MAke the change(s) to this document then save it.

Close and then open anothere document ... the zoom should be evident.

Chris
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by:Chris Bottomley
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Found a 2003 machine ... a note of caution:

If you cannot see normal.dot, check the drop down ... you may need to select .dot there in the filter.

Chris
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by:argh226
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Well... like he said :)
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by:matrix0511
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Ok. Interesting. when I open the normal.dot it defaults to the 200% zoom. But when I open other word docs it defaults back to the 100% zoom everytime.
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by:matrix0511
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I do see this other file in my templates dir, but looks like a file copy no longer used.
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by:argh226
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This ~$xxxxxx.doc is the file that is normally being used by word.  Normally, when you close word the file goes away with it.

By modifying the normal.dot, all "new" document will have this setup.  Therefore, if you change zoom to 50%, all new file will be at 50%.

If you need to change the zoom in a already created file, you only need to modify it and save it.
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by:matrix0511
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Well, I think that is my problem. The focs I'm working with are already created files. NOT files I created.

What I would like is for docs that are sent to me I would like to be able to open them in the 200% zoom mode automatically.
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GrahamSkan earned 500 total points
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The zoom settings are saved with the document. You would need a VBA macro to do the job.

Try putting this code in the ThisDocument module of your Normal template.
Private Sub Document_Open()

    ActiveDocument.ActiveWindow.View.Zoom.Percentage = 200

End Sub

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by:matrix0511
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Perfect! That did the trick! Thanks GrahamSkan!
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by:matrix0511
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Excellent work.
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by:matrix0511
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Hey GrahamSkan, one last request regarding this. What woudl I need to do if I wanted to also set the page layout default? What I would like is when I open word docs it defaults to "Print Layout" as shown below.

Let me know. Thanks!
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by:Chris Bottomley
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Try adding:

    If ActiveWindow.View.SplitSpecial = wdPaneNone Then
        ActiveWindow.ActivePane.View.Type = wdPrintView
    Else
        ActiveWindow.View.Type = wdPrintView
    End If

to the .dot as well

Chris
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