Windows 10: How Do I Save A Document-Specific View Setting In Word 2013?

  1. Posts : 901
    Windows 10 Professional
       01 Jan 2017 #1

    How Do I Save A Document-Specific View Setting In Word 2013?


    I want to save the View settings for a certain document to show the two pages side by side. Check out the attached picture.
    I press View > Multiple Pages to have them sit side to side and save the document. (Notice how the zoom setting in the bottom right corner states that it's at 121%). When I create a new unrelated document, the zoom is set at 121% still, so I zoom out to 100% and do whatever I need to do with this new document.

    If I press the One Page setting (above the Multiple Pages setting) and re-open the original document, the view setting for this document is still using the "global" Word 2013 view settings and no longer shows the two pages next to each other. So when I open the first document again, the zoom setting went to 100% & the pages are no longer side by side.

    How can I save specific view settings for certain documents, and not interfere with the default Word view settings?


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  2. Posts : 1,925
    Windows 10 x86 14383 Insider Pro and Core 10240
       02 Jan 2017 #2

    Word behaves as a word processor, not as a publishing package - when you are in "print layout" view - you are looking at the document as if it were to be printed, the view is not saved in the document.

    You can cheat by using a page layout side by side (or in 2 columns) on a larger size of paper - say A3 size landscape for 2 portrait A4 pages - this information is saved in the document file.
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  3. Posts : 901
    Windows 10 Professional
    Thread Starter
       02 Jan 2017 #3

    Okay, I see what you mean by that. I just tried it out. This would combine both those 3x5 pages side by side, on the same page. Yet the only issue is that those two pages are intended to be printed out on the front and a back of a 3x5 notecard, hence the reason why I want them as two separate pages.

    I remember a long time ago, I did a very similar project where I was able to save view settings for a file-specific document. (Yet I could be mistaken with which program did this. But I'm still very sure that I was able to do this before, maybe in an older version of Microsoft Word?)

    Anyways, suppose I want to print out the front and back side of a notecard, and have those two pages show up on the same screen, what can I do to do that? Can your method do that for me?

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  4. Posts : 1,925
    Windows 10 x86 14383 Insider Pro and Core 10240
       02 Jan 2017 #4

    Of course you could do that in programs like MS Publisher which were designed for document publishing.

    You could experiment with Microsoft print to PDF (as the selected printer in Word) and use a PDF viewer/reader/editor like Foxit (I haven't touched Adobe Acrobat Reader in years) instead of Word to view pages side by side, and get considerably better resolution on screen, but to print the document (to a physical printer) in duplex (front and back of the same sheet) directly from the PDF viewer. (Don't use Edge for this though!!)

    Again, Word is a tool to get from keyboard entry to documents, from simple letters to essays to whole books, but when it comes to layout, i.e. from screen output to printed pages, it is sometimes a bit of a pig to get stuff laid out just how you want it. For instance, you can setup columns, and put dividers and images in place, but when you find that you need to add a sentence or remove some text in a block on page 1, you may need to go through the whole document to reformat everything to look good. A proper publishing program treats whole blocks of text, pages, or sections as objects in their own right, not just part of the flow of the whole document, like Word does.

    As an afterthought, you could perhaps have different document templates set up, and just copy the text from one template to another to give different views as needed?
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  5. Posts : 901
    Windows 10 Professional
    Thread Starter
       02 Jan 2017 #5

    Okay. Thanks for the info, I'll look around in the templates, it might be difficult to find something similar to this.
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