Switch to different views in Word 2016 for Mac

In Word 2016 for Mac, you can view documents in four different ways. Each view is optimized for different tasks and presents your document differently. You can switch quickly from one view to another to make your work easier and to access the features that you want to use. Some content or functionality may become inaccessible when you switch from one view to another. If this happens, you can usually restore access to content or functionality by switching back to the previous view.

To switch views, on the View tab, click the name of the view that you want (Print Layout, Web Layout, Outline, or Draft), or click a view icon on the view changer. The view changer is located in the lower-right corner of the Word window.

View changer

Note: Notebook Layout view is no longer available in Word 2016 for Mac. To take notes and share them with others, use OneNote 2016 for Mac. OneNote files are saved and automatically synched to OneDrive, but you can keep working offline in the cached (locally saved) copy of the notes.

The following table describes the different views that are available in Word.



Print layout

Use print layout view to see the document as it appears on the printed page. Print layout view is the default view when you open a new document.

Web layout

Use Web layout view to conceptualize how content appears when it is published to the web. This view provides an approximation of how content appears, not an exact match.

Note: Web layout view does not contain HTML coding. To convert a document that you create by using Web layout view, save the document as a web page.


Use outline view to create an outline and manipulate text easily. Move text up and down, expand and collapse levels, change heading levels, or show only one kind of heading level.

Note: If you switch from outline view to another view, the levels disappear. To see the outline levels, switch back to outline view.


Use draft view to edit and format text quickly when you don't have to see how the content looks when you print it.

Draft view shows text formatting but simplifies the layout of the page so that you can type and edit quickly. In draft view, some page elements do not appear, such as the boundaries between pages, headers and footers, backgrounds, and pictures that do not have text wrapping style set to In Line with Text.

Draft view also allows you to display the styles for each paragraph in a style area. To do this, from the Word menu, click Preferences > View > Style area width.

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