Subscriber Geraldine Astbury wrote to ask for help with Microsoft Word.
Hi Terry, Please can you help me yet again? I have Office XP with Word. When I open a new document to write a letter, it always opens with the zoom set at 100%. This always looks too large for me so I always have to alter it to 75%. Is there any way of making it always open with the zoom at 75% so I don\’t have to alter it all the time? I\’ve changed it with all the options I can find but after closing it down and then using it say, a few days later, I open it up and low and behold it shows 100% again! It\’s getting to be a nuisance to say the least!! Thanks so much and thanks also for solving a couple of other problems I had.
Word 2003 allows you to set the default for new documents. Word 2003, however, seems to open existing documents at 100% regardless of that setting and regardless of the zoom level that was in effect the last time the file was saved.
Word 2003’s “Help” function (“Type a question for help”) gave this info, which I had to dig around a bit to find:
Note: To change the default zoom setting or choose a custom zoom setting for your Word documents, click Zoom on the View menu, and then under Zoom to, choose a setting or enter a percent in the Percent box.
Unlike Word 2003, Word XP remembers the last zoom level (zoom percentage) and opens new blank documents at that level. Existing documents, on the other hand and unlike Word 2003, seems to open documents at the zoom level in effect when they were created. I would have expected the zoom level when they were last saved.
So, what’s the bottom line? Don’t count on Word to set your zoom to a level you’ll like.