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A full-screen view window changes to a non-full-screen view window if you arrange all windows in Word 2000, Word 2002, and Word 2003

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This article was previously published under Q220288
SYMPTOMS
If you view a document in full screen view and want to view multiple documents at the same time, when you click Arrange All on the Window menu, all the open document windows change to a non-full screen view (for example, print layout, normal, Web layout, or outline view).

NOTE: In versions of Microsoft Word prior to Word 2000, if you view a document in full screen view and you click Arrange All on the Window menu, all open document windows are displayed in full screen view.
CAUSE
In versions of Word prior to Word 2000, the Multiple Document Interface (MDI) was used, which allowed for the arranging of all windows while remaining in full screen view. Beginning with Word 2000, the Single Document Interface (SDI) replaces the MDI. Because each SDI document is its own window, it is impossible to view more than one SDI document at a time in full screen view.
STATUS
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article.
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Article ID: 220288 - Last Review: 07/27/2006 18:12:00 - Revision: 3.1

  • Microsoft Office Word 2003
  • Microsoft Word 2002 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Word 2000 Standard Edition
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