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How to: Disable Reading View in Word 2013 Preview

Correct me if I am wrong, but I believe it was Office 2000 (maybe 2003), where we first saw Reading View appear as the default.  I really wasn’t a fan of it then and this was one of the first settings I changed.  Reading View made a return in Office 2013 Preview.  I gave it a chance, but ultimately, I just couldn’t make it work for me.  I even had a few discussion on twitter about it and others really liked it.  Maybe, I’ll give it another try when I get a tablet, but for now, it’s got to go.  Since there is a ton of settings, I thought I would share quickly how to turn this off if you don’t care for it.  Once you are in Word, click on File –> Options.  On the General tab, towards the bottom of the screen look under Start up options for the setting Open e-mail attachments and other uneditable files in reading view.  Uncheck that box and you’re good to go.


It took me a second to find this setting even though it’s right there on the first tab.  Now, my documents open in Print Layout as I prefer. :)

Published Oct 03 2012, 01:02 PM by CoreyRoth
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Jeff Hunsaker said:

Fabulous. Thank you! Soooo much better.

October 3, 2012 6:03 PM

Romain lagrange said:


this choice from MS has sides effects on office automation, with errors like : "The __________ method or property is not available because this command is not available for reading."

For developpers this means disable read mode as document opening, with (VB : ) .ActiveWindow.View.ReadingLayout = Not .ActiveWindow.View.ReadingLayout

Another way is to use your tips, or do the same thing with registry (not found the key right now).

Your post give me the soluce, thanks !

October 30, 2012 12:27 PM

Efros said:

Thanks for that, didn't work for me either, hate the facing page format.

December 27, 2012 6:06 PM

Dimitar said:

Hi Guys,

Do you know what registry must be amended for that change?



January 31, 2013 2:36 PM

CoreyRoth said:

@Dmitar afraid not.  I haven't looked for it.

January 31, 2013 2:49 PM

as said:


March 20, 2013 6:01 AM

Megan said:

Many thanks, was driving me nuts.

April 16, 2013 12:41 PM

Chris said:

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!  I hate that bloody view.  Danged inconvenient!

April 26, 2013 10:13 AM

George said:

Typical - search all the advanced options but didn't see it staring me in the face on the general tab!

Thanks for the tip...

May 2, 2013 3:39 AM

Alex said:


Worked just fine for me.

June 27, 2013 3:38 AM

Dave said:

Awesome, you are wonderful. For all that I dislike in every new Office version, this was at the top of the list

July 25, 2013 3:31 PM

Jason said:

Thanks! Reading View SUCKS on a Desktop PC!

March 24, 2014 11:55 AM

Alex said:

thank you best solution

youre and expert

June 16, 2014 8:49 PM

RM said:

GPO Registry Key:



August 5, 2014 2:56 AM

Meyer said:

thank you soooo much...never would have thought to uncheck that to get rid of the ridiculous read have made me very happy!

August 16, 2014 11:24 PM

Some notes on Word automation and showing Bookmarks « The Wiert Corner – irregular stream of stuff said:

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August 27, 2014 12:00 AM

Frannie Z said:

Several searches later, your post answered my question - thank you!!!!

March 4, 2015 7:45 AM

Paul W said:

Was pulling my hair out trying to fix this after going from XP Word 2007 to Win8.1 Word 2013. What a pain in the butt. Many thanks for the simple solution.

March 16, 2015 5:03 PM

MP said:

You, sir.. need a medal...

March 17, 2015 3:54 AM

Annemieke said:

Tried this, but did not work. Using Outlook/Word 2013. Any ideas what would cause the above suggested solution NOT to work.

March 25, 2015 7:52 AM

GS Sridharan said:


This helped me to fix the issue occurring in word document generation from a ready-made application for which I did not have source to get into the debugging.

Simple setting, but great impact.

Thanks a lot.

April 24, 2015 3:17 AM

Tobi said:

Thanks, this information is greatly appreciated.

This works too:

doc.ActiveWindow.View.ReadingLayout = False

April 28, 2015 6:16 AM

Hann said:

Many thanks!

August 19, 2015 3:18 AM

Adam Miller said:

Thanks for the tip, my MSW settings automatically had this read mode on. I had to change to edit mode every time I opened certain documents.

October 9, 2015 8:14 AM

Angelique said:

Thank you Thank you Thank you!!!

November 4, 2015 2:28 AM

Kim said:

I've been trying for weeks to fix this! Thank you!

November 9, 2015 1:32 PM

DrummerCoder said:

Thank you!!!

November 12, 2015 9:11 AM

the shoneinc said:

thanks - worked

November 17, 2015 7:32 AM

Forms created in Word said:

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November 25, 2015 5:47 PM

Mike said:


December 2, 2015 6:28 AM

Susan said:

Very helpful!  Thank you.

February 17, 2016 2:21 PM

Imdette said:

Thank you so much!  I looked all over "Options" and didn't see it even though it was waving a flag at me.

March 3, 2016 7:48 AM

James said:

I have the box unchecked.  I set the registry.  Word still opens email attachments in reading pane view.  I'd like to stab the person who ever thought this was a better way to view things by default.

March 17, 2016 3:30 PM

ANURAG said:

Go to VIEW (top of the screen). A drop down list appears. Then choose EDIT. DONE !

March 30, 2016 4:25 AM

Kevin said:

Heleluh!!!! hate that stupid reading mode!

April 28, 2016 12:54 AM

athena said:

if u have word 2016 you get out by clicking view and then it will show a bunch of different choices, but click edit and you will get out of reading mode.

May 22, 2016 10:29 AM

LeeImat said:


May 23, 2016 3:41 PM

David said:

Four years later ... THANKS!

May 31, 2016 12:23 PM

Somebody said:

Thanks a lot!!!

July 13, 2016 11:53 AM

Daniel said:

I can't believe I waited this long to decide to change it.  Thank you so much!  D

July 14, 2016 7:40 PM

Tufan said:

Thank you very very much,

Finally I got rid of reading view:)

July 19, 2016 3:17 AM

Chris said:

Thanks Corey, saved me some time. If only there was a way to stop Microsoft from being 'helpful' ;-)

August 31, 2016 6:06 AM

Reinaldo said:

Thanks soooooo much for this. I did look for this in the options, and even though it was right there I did not notice it. After reading this post I could not believe I had missed it before. Again, Thanks!!

September 15, 2016 8:59 AM

Tomas said:

Excellent, thanks!

September 30, 2016 2:00 AM

Mike said:


November 17, 2016 8:10 AM

bryan said:

Such a small post but so useful.

Thank you for the post

December 1, 2016 2:35 AM

Frank said:

You're a life altering genius!

February 17, 2017 10:04 AM

Appreciative reader said:

Thank you very much!  The extra clicks every time I opened an attachment were really driving me crazy.

February 22, 2017 11:55 AM

LD said:

Thank you!

March 1, 2017 10:13 AM

Reinier said:

thanks for the awesome tip!

Works great under Word 2016!

May 10, 2017 5:08 AM

reza said:

very good

thank you.


May 17, 2017 2:46 AM

Adam S said:

Thank you. Useful advice even today.

I originally got 'Protected Mode' and 'Reading Mode' confused.

June 7, 2017 12:58 AM

Barb said:

Thank you so much!!!

September 19, 2017 9:08 AM

Phil said:

I came, saw and conquered the word-view-problem!!!! (Because of you. Thanks a lot man.)

December 18, 2017 2:37 AM

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