Up in the top right corner of Office 2013 programs is a useful new button – Full Screen Mode.
Word already has a full screen mode just for reading but this is different.
The new full screen mode works in all Office 2013 programs and lets you work / edit documents not just read them.
Here’s the standard Word 2013 layout
And here’s the same program after just clicking the Full Screen button:
All the menus have gone leaving only the rulers or navigation pane – depending on what you have selected.
It’s not strictly a ‘Full screen’ view because, as you can see, the Windows taskbar is still at the bottom of the screen.
At top right is a set of dots to indicate where to click to get your menus back. In fact you can click anywhere on the top row to return, temporarily, to the standard View.
Full screen mode is like the Minimise Ribbon feature in that it’s ‘sticky’. Full Screen Mode resumes as soon as you start working in the document. Click on the document or navigation pane and full screen mode automatically bounces back.
Like minimize ribbon, the menus appear when asked but go away as soon as you start back on the document.
‘In document’ editing features like the mini-toolbar (with basic formatting options) and right-click menus for spell-check etc will all appear as usual.
To return fully to a standard Office view click the Full Screen button again (it’s shaded when enabled).
A useful innovation for laptop and netbook users with limited screen space. If you know your Office shortcuts you’ll get even more out of Full Screen mode.
Article posted: Tuesday, 17 July 2012
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