Whenever I open a document on Microsoft Word the document stays small no matter what I do. I've tried clicking the maximum button and dragging it to make it bigger but neither are responsive. Anyone had any ideas on how to fix it?

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  • Wasn't Word originally made for PC? :P – Michael May 14 '13 at 6:27

This has been driving me crazy for days and nothing I found online was helping, but I finally got it.

  • Close any open Word documents
  • Open a new, blank Word document
  • Make it the size you want it to be
  • Close Word (it will prompt you to save the blank document but you don't need to)
  • Open a Word document; it should be the size you want!

Hope this works for others. I was going out of my mind!


You have to click the right bottom slash ans drag it until fit screen. The Plus button above doest work like windows. As far as i remember when you do that it will work perfectly.

Good luck

  • Dragging it does nothing, it still stays the same size with only about 1/4 of the document showing. – Kylie May 14 '13 at 18:08

The green plus icon in the OS X toolbar isn't "maximize" - it's meant to expand the window to the proper size/proportions for the content in the window (its official name is "Zoom").

To make the window larger, grab the handle on the lower-right corner & drag it.

  • Dragging it does nothing – Kylie May 14 '13 at 18:07

You have to force quit microsoft word and then when you reopen it you will be able to drag the bottom right corner and make it bigger. Just closing the file is not enough, you have to "force quit."

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