Outlook/Word 2013 – How to disable Reading View for read-only Word documents

One of the more annoying ‘features’ of Word 2013 is ‘Reading View’ – where any document you open that is read-only displays enlarged and with the majority of formatting completely removed.

This is typically noticed when opening Word documents which have been attached to an email.

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The steps below detail how to disable the ‘Reading View’.

  1. With Word 2013 open, select the ‘FILE’ menu then click on ‘Options’ on the left hand menu
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  3. Under ‘General’ un-tick the ‘Open e-mail attachments and other uneditable files in reading view’
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  5. Click ‘OK’ to save the changes
  6. Read-only documents will now display in the standard view, complete with all their original formatting.
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