Microsoft have to please over a billion users of Office so there will always be some elements that people aren’t so keen on. You can tell we’re being diplomatic here can’t you? I must admit I stayed with the Windows Classic start menu when I used Windows Vista back in the day.
I had a question from a user at Land Securities during an Office demonstration session. The person was working on a small device and the Word print preview in Office 2010 and 2013 only shows the document in half the window. He missed the old print preview dialogue box where he could view the document as full screen.
When features of Office are deprecated, some of them remain in the product but are moved into the background. This is one of those features. To access the old-style Print Preview window you need to customise the Ribbon or Quick Access Toolbar. Let’s use the Quick Access Toolbar for our example. To add commands to the toolbar, click the arrow to the far right. As the command in question is not in the common commands list, select More Commands….
This will show the Customise Quick Access Toolbar page in the options window. Click on the dropbox and select All Commands to display an alphabetical list of all the Word commands; a surprising number of them.
Scroll down in the list until you see Print Preview Edit Mode. Double-click the command to add it to your Quick Access Toolbar.
And now you have the Office 2007 style Print Preview window at the touch of a button.
Whether it will still be there in the next version of Office is anyone’s guess of course, so caveat emptor or another suitable Latin phrase for be careful when using old Office commands.