Turn Off The Magnifier To Edit In Word 2007’s Print Preview Mode

Turn Off The Magnifier To Edit In Word 2007’s Print Preview Mode

Over at the How-To Geek’s home away from Lifehacker, blogger Mysticgeek points out a Word 2007 tip many of us had no clue about—you can edit a document in Print Preview mode by turning off the “Magnifier” switch.

Print Preview is how you get a look at what a document will look like in actual paper form, and can reveal margin problems, font discrepancies, and other problems. Problems we’d thought, until this morning, you had to switch back into an editing view to fix, then return for the overhead view. Un-check the “Magnifier” option in the Print Preview ribbon, however, and you’ll get access to your words again.

You won’t have your full ribbon of editing tools handy, but you can access most of them through the right-click menu, and make basic typing changes to your heart’s content, all while keeping an eye on what the page actually looks like.

Edit Microsoft Word 2007 Documents in Print Preview [the How-To Geek]


  • I found you post on Print Preview helpful but I have another question about this function and I hope you can help.

    I use Print Preview in Word 2007 to view a particular page. When I click the ‘Close’ button I am expecting Word to return me to the same page in the document. Instead it flicks me to somewhere else in the document and I have to spend time finding my way back. VERY FRUSTRATING. I have tried turning off the magnifier and clicking into the document before clicking on ‘Close’ but it makes not difference. HELP!

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