All of a sudden Word started displaying 2 pages side by side in one window. I tried changing the zoom and it didn't affect anything. How can I go back to seeing 1 page at a time?

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To view a single page at a time, select the View tab on the ribbon and click One Page.

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  • Thanks, do you know how it got changed?
    – Celeritas
    Mar 19, 2014 at 18:50
  • 1
    Sorry, I'm not that good. It could have something to do with the saved file you are opening and the display settings. I know mine changes because I have a wide monitor, so when I maximize my document there is more working area in Word to display pages. Just a guess. Feel free to check this as your answer if it was correct.
    – CharlieRB
    Mar 19, 2014 at 18:55
  • The Word document I was working on is on a USB stick so it could have to do with change in monitor size.
    – Celeritas
    Mar 19, 2014 at 19:58
  • Note, this does not fix the print preview
    – Zombo
    Oct 2, 2014 at 16:41
  • This only works until I touch the zoom slider or +/ buttons. I have to zoom using Ctrl+mouse scroll.
    – Melebius
    Aug 28, 2018 at 9:03

The issue is with the zoom size. I solved this by setting the default zoom to 120%, and then only a single page is displayed by default.

To set it to 120% by default, you'd need to add a macro:

  1. When viewing any Word document, press Alt+F11 to activate the Visual Basic Editor
  2. Click on Normal on the left hand side
  3. Select Insert -> Module
  4. Copy the following code into the module:

    Sub AutoNew()
        With ActiveWindow.View
           .Type = wdPrintView
           .Zoom = 120
        End With
    End Sub
    Sub AutoOpen()
        With ActiveWindow.View
            .Type = wdPrintView
            .Zoom = 120
       End With
    End Sub

This will set the zoom percentage to 120% for every new document and for every document that you open. You can change 120 to another percentage if you prefer.


If you are in print view change to layout view then back to print view. This should reset back to a view of one page only.

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