Microsoft Word enables you to convert your document to Read Mode to hide the ribbon and view in full screen. Read Mode offers a more streamlined layout to help you focus on your page content. As an alternative, the title bar buttons enable you to switch to full screen and still edit selected text with click options to update your document.
Click the "View" tab on the command ribbon and select "Read Mode" in the Views group to minimize the ribbon to three tabs: "File," "Tools" and "View." Click the "Auto-Hide Reading Toolbar" button in the title bar to hide these tabs, if preferred. Press "Esc" to leave Read Mode and return to Print Layout with the ribbon displayed.
Click the "Ribbon Display Options" button -- the arrow and rectangle icon -- on the title bar and then select "Auto-hide Ribbon" to open full screen mode. The ribbon disappears and the page shifts up. To leave full screen, click "Ribbon Display Options" and then select "Show Tabs and Commands" to display the ribbon.
Tap the "Full Screen Mode" button, or tap the "Ribbon Display Options" on the title bar and then select "Auto-Hide Ribbon" to convert from standard view to full view. To return to standard view, tap three dots in the title bar and then tap "Exit Full Screen Mode." As an alternative, tap "Ribbon Display Options" and then select "Show Tabs and Commands" to return to standard view to edit your Word document.
Information in this article applies to Microsoft Word 2013. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.
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