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Sometimes you only need to open and read a document. Word makes it distraction-free when you use Read Mode.

Open a document

  • Every time you start Word, you’ll see a list of your most recently used documents. Select a document from the list to get started.

    A list of the most recently used documents is shown.

  • If the document you’re looking for isn’t there, select Open Other Documents.
    Or, if you’re already in Word, select File > Open. Then browse to the file’s location, and select the file you want.

View a document

  1. Select View > Read Mode.

  2. To move from page to page in a document:

    • Use the arrows on the left and right sides of a page.

    • Press Page Down or Page Up, press Spacebar or Backspace, or press the arrow keys on the keyboard.

    • Use the scroll wheel on your mouse.

    • Swipe left or right with your finger on a touch device.

      Read mode

Close a document

  1. Select File > Close.

  2. If you haven't saved the document, you will be prompted to do so.

Note: To close Word, select X in the upper-right corner of the app.

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