Thursday, June 4, 2009

MS-Word attachments - remove the annoying "preview"

Annoyed by MS-Word documents opening in “preview” mode? This always happens when the file is an email attachment.

Don’t blame the sender. It’s a feature added by Microsoft to Word 2003 and 2007. They say the feature was requested by users…but I don’t know of anyone who likes it or wants it.

Microsoft Word opens all e-mail attachments in “page preview” mode. The setting is turned on by default. It is useless for most people, since it destroys any formatting and usually makes the document unreadable. The recipient is forced to change the view settings for no apparent reason.

Most users can turn off this annoying feature easily. On some managed systems, the computer or server administrator may need to make these changes.

Microsoft Word 2007--
Click the “Office Button” at top left.
Select “Word Options”
On the “Popular” tab,
Uncheck “Open email attachments in Full Screen Reading View”.
Click “OK”.

Microsoft Word 2003--
Go to the “Tools” menu.
Select “Options”.
On the “General” tab,
Uncheck “Allow starting in Reading Layout”.
Click “OK”.

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