How to make the full page show in Microsoft Word on my Mac

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If you’re noticing that the top and bottom of your pages are missing in Microsoft Office and you want to see them, then this post is for you. Showing your full page in Word is easy to do and requires just a couple of Microsoft Word setting configurations on your Mac.

Select Print Layout View

Firstly, make sure your Microsoft Word View setting is checked to Print Layout. Print Layout lets you see the full page as it will look when printed on a piece of paper.

Select "Print Layout" as your View in Word to see the entire page.
Select “Print Layout” as your View in Word to see the entire page.

Even with the Print Layout view selected, you may still be missing the top and bottom of your page view. To address this, you’ll change your Show Window Element view settings.

Select a Checkbox in Author and Proofing View Tools

Secondly, on your Mac select Word > Preferences

Next, from Preferences, click the VIEW icon.

Next, from Preferences, click the VIEW icon.
Select View Preferences

On this view, look for the Show Window Elements section.

To show your full page in Word, make sure your view and PRINT LAYOUT and then check the box in VIEW SETTINGS that reads, "White space between pages in Print Layout View"
To show your full page in Word, make sure your view and PRINT LAYOUT and then check the box in VIEW SETTINGS that reads, “White space between pages in Print Layout View”

Under Show Window Elements, check the box that reads, “White space between pages in Print Layout View

To apply your new settings, close the Preferences window.

To apply your new Word view settings, close the Preferences window.

In conclusion, applying these two Microsoft View settings should allow you to see your full Word document in Word on your Mac.

More questions about viewing entire pages in Word

When I open up a Word document, only a small amount of the page shows. How do I fix this?

To view your entire page in Word, make sure that your view is PRINT LAYOUT and that you have the preferences option checked for, show “White space between pages in Print Layout View.”

Happy Writing!

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