Word Options (Popular)

In Word 2010, you can use the new Backstage view to easily change Word options.
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Top options for working with Word

Show Mini Toolbar on selection     Select this option to show the Mini toolbar when you select text. The Mini toolbar provides quick access to formatting tools.

Enable Live Preview     Select this option to preview the effects of formatting changes in the document.

Show Developer tab in the Ribbon     Select this option to show the Developer tab on the Ribbon in 2007 Microsoft Office system programs. The Ribbon is a component of the Microsoft Office Fluent user interface. The Developer tab includes macro and form authoring tools, as well as XML-related features. Clear this check box to hide the Developer tab.

Always use ClearType     Selected by default, this option turns on ClearType to make the text easier to read. If you change this setting, you must restart Microsoft Office Word for the setting to take effect.


  • This setting applies to all Office programs.

  • On computers running Microsoft Windows XP, turning this option on overrides the ClearType setting in Windows. This option is not available on computers running Windows Vista.

Open e-mail attachments in Full Screen Reading view     Selected by default, this option displays documents in Full Screen Reading view when they are opened from e-mail attachments. Clear this check box to open e-mail attachments in Print Layout view.

Color scheme    Select an option from the list to change the color scheme of the programs.

ScreenTip style     Select a style from the list to control the display of the names of buttons and additional helpful information. Select Show feature descriptions in ScreenTips for names and helpful information, select Don't show feature descriptions in ScreenTips for button names only, or select Don't show ScreenTips for neither.

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User name     Type a name in the User name box to change your user name.

Note   The name that appears here will be associated with revisions that you make when you review documents by using the Track Changes feature. It is also the author name that is associated with the documents that you create. For example, in predesigned cover pages that include the author name, the name that appears in the User name box is used automatically.

Initials     Type your initials in the Initials box to change the initials that are associated with your user name.

Note   The initials that appear here are associated with comments that you add when you review documents.

Choose the languages you want to use with Office     Click Language Settings to turn on the features necessary for the languages you want to use in 2007 Microsoft Office system.

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Applies To: Word 2007

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