Some text is not visible or appears to overlap when you view a document in Reading Layout view in Word 2003


When you view a Word 2003 document in Reading Layout view, some of the text may appear to be missing or some of the text may overlap other text.

Note To view a document in Reading Layout view, click Reading Layout on the View menu.


This behavior occurs if the document contains text in a table. Word 2003 may not be able to accurately show the text in the table when the table extends beyond one page in Reading Layout view.


To work around this behavior and view the document in Reading Layout view, use one or both of the following methods.

Method 1: Use Actual Page Mode

On the Reading Layout toolbar, click
Actual Page.

Method 2: Change Compatibility Settings

To change the compatibility settings for the document, follow these steps:
  1. In Word 2003, open the document.
  2. On the Tools menu, click
  3. On the Compatibility tab, change the
    Recommended options for box to Microsoft Word 2003, and then click OK.


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article.

More Information

For more information about Reading Layout view, click Microsoft Word Help on the Help menu, type reading layout in the Office Assistant or the Answer Wizard, and then click
Search to view the topic.