Word Window, New, Open and Change View

If you're just getting started with Word 2000, learn the parts of the Word window in this free lesson.

A change in view

Word processing requires you to stare at a computer screen for long periods of time. In order to alleviate the strain on your eyes, Word provides four different ways Word elements are displayed. The four views are Normal view, Print Layout view, Web Layout view, and Outline view.

Normal view is used for most typing, editing, and formatting. It provides a nice, clean look without rulers or page numbers cluttering your view.

Web Layout view shows what your text will look like on a webpage.

Print Layout view shows what your document will look like when it is printed. Print Preview shows you this as well.

Outline view is used to create and edit outlines. This view is particularly handy when making notes.

To change your document view:

  • Choose Viewactionclick the view of your choice.

    View menu with Normal selected

  • Click one of the four buttons at the bottom-left of your Word window.

    Detail of view buttons