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If you're going to be opening up a document here in Word 2013 for the sole purpose of reading its contents, as opposed to writing or editing the document, you might consider a new feature called Read mode. We're going to take a look at it now, using this document named No Obstacles Bio Reading. When we open up this document, there are certain defaults, for example, the view. If we moved down to the bottom of our screen, you'll notice a little toolbar with, Print Layout selected. There's an icon just left of that, to switch to read mode, which we'll do momentarily.
Let's make sure we're all on the same page and looking at the same thing. My zoom level is set to 100%. You can do that as well. Use the minus sign to go down, the plus sign to bump up. But once you're at 100%, I also want you to notice that in the bottom left corner, we're looking at a total of five pages for this document, and we should be looking at Page 1 of 5. Also, with the navigation pane open, we have access to the headings in this document. That allows us to quickly jump from one section of the document to another by clicking the heading.
We can go right to the top, clicking just above Mission Statement to jump back to the beginning. If we go up to the View Tab, you're also going to notice some of these options. First of all, if you're not seeing the navigation pane, you can turn it on by clicking the check box. You'll also notice over here in the View section that Print Layout is highlighted or selected, meaning that's our current view. If we wanted to switch to Read mode, we could also do it from here. Let's go ahead and do that. Now, a number of things happen when we switch to Read mode.
Now, our focus is reading content. So, the first thing you'll notice at the top, the Ribbon's collapsed, we have a little more space. The logo has disappeared. We're just looking at text content now. We still have our navigation pane and we can still jump around from section to section here, but look down at the bottom left-hand corner. We're now looking at screens instead of pages, screen full of information based on our zoom level. Let's go down to the bottom right-hand corner, notice my zoom level is at 130%. You may be at the same or something different.
It depends on what you were looking at last. Let's bump it down by clicking the minus sign and we'll click that a few times until we get down to 100%. Notice now, we're actually seeing two pages per screen. We're still looking at screens down below and now we're looking at screens 1 and 2 simultaneously. We also have some navigation buttons that appear. Notice to the right-hand side, we have an arrow, inside a circle, give that a click to go to the next couple of pages.
Really, what we're looking at is one screen full containing two pages. Click again and you can see this is a great way to read. If you're in Touch mode, you can swipe as well on a Touch Screen. Let's go back using the arrow that now appears on the left, until we get back to the very beginning, it's no longer accessible. Now, there's something else we can do here as well. Notice that when we move over a heading like Mission Statement or Company Description, a little arrow shows up next to it. Now, that doesn't only appear in Read mode, it also appears in your document and Print Layouts, but we can click those when we're done reading them to collapse them.
Each time we click an arrow, it collapses that section, so we can read the next section and be focused on it. Of course, we can expand those by clicking the same arrows that appear next to those headings. And one last thing, in the top right-hand corner, you'll notice a little icon here to Auto-hide the Reading toolbar. Now, when you click that, you get even more real estate. Notice down at the bottom, we no longer have that toolbar. It's gone. Also our tabs on the Ribbon, they've disappeared at the top.
We're really focused on the content now that we're reading. Of course, we can always go back to that button. Click it again to bring those back. When we're done with Reading mode, we can go to the View Tab or go down to the bottom of your screen and switch back to the default view, which is Print Layout. We'll give it a click and we're back where we started with our Ribbon and our toolbars, and so on. So, that's a great new feature if your focus is going to be reading content, as opposed to working on a document.
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