Full Screen view hides most of the interface (toolbars, the menu, and the Status bar) allowing your Word or Excel document to fill the screen. Simply choose Full Screen from the View menu -- it couldn't be simpler. To return to Normal view, click Close Full Screen on the Full Screen toolbar or press [Esc]. This feature is especially helpful on laptops and smaller netbooks, where screen space is at a premium.
Full Screen view is easy to find in 2003 applications. And in Excel 2007, it's on the View tab, right where you'd expect it to be. Unfortunately it's not so easy to find in Word 2007. On Word's View tab, you'll find Full Screen Reading, but that isn't the same as Full Screen view. Full Screen Reading is similar to Reading Layout view; it isn't a true Full Screen view.
If you want to use Full Screen view in Word 2007, add it to the Quick Access Toolbar (QAT) as follows:
- Click the drop-down arrow to the right of the QAT and choose More Commands.
- Choose Commands Not In The Ribbon from the Choose Commands From drop-down list.
- Scroll down and select Toggle Full Screen View.
- Click Add and then click OK.
Once Word 2007 adds the Full Screen view icon to the QAT, you'll have easy access to the feature, although Word 2007 disables most shortcuts in this view. You can cut, copy, and paste for instance, but the Ribbon shortcuts are disabled. In addition, Word 2007 won't display the menu when you hover the mouse at the top of the document, as Word 2003 does.
Susan Sales Harkins is an IT consultant, specializing in desktop solutions. Previously, she was editor in chief for The Cobb Group, the world's largest publisher of technical journals.