How to Stop Microsoft Office Word from Displaying Two Pages Next to Each Other?

On a PC with a high-resolution widescreen monitor, the Word program automatically shows multiple pages of a document side-by-side at the same time. For instance, on my 24” 4k resolution monitor, Word displays two pages side-by-side by default.

Unnecessary to say that this happens only when the document consists of more than a page. Although this is a nice feature, as you can simultaneously view two pages side-by-side, many users find it distracting. Most users, including me, would like to see just one page of a document at a time, mainly while composing or editing a document. Having only one page on the screen at a time helps you focus better.

Besides that, many users switch to the Focus mode in Word while editing, which displays two pages side-by-side by default. Fortunately, Microsoft Word offers an easy way to switch from a multiple pages side-by-side view to a single-page view with the click of a mouse button. In this risewindows article, we will guide you on how to stop Microsoft Office Word from displaying two pages next to each other.

Change Zoom Settings to See a Single Page at a Time

You can change the current zoom setting to 130% or 150% to get out of the side-by-side mode. However, note that you cannot change the zoom setting when viewing a document in side-by-side mode. You need to switch back to the single-page viewing mode and then move the zoom slider at the bottom right of the Word window to change the zoom settings.

When you zoom in, the text size of the document increases, so you might want to change the text size under the home tab when you set the zoom to 130% or 150%. If not, press the Ctrl key and scroll the mouse button to set the display mode.

Turning off the side-by-side pages mode

When the MS Word program displays two pages side-by-side, click on the View tab and then select the One Page option to switch back to the default single-page mode quickly. In the old MS Office program, instead of the One Page option, you can see the Vertical option in the same place as in the picture below.

If you want to switch back to side-by-side viewing mode, click on the Multiple Pages option from the View tab. Alternatively, adjust the same by reducing the zoom size of the word document.

You might also be interested in our guide on automatically saving MS Office Word, Excel & PowerPoint files every minute.

That’s it for the article.

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