Every time when I open a Word attachment from Outlook, it opens in Word in Read Mode, a mode in Word that is basically for reading. Since I never ever need to use this mode in Word, I always switch over to Layout mode right away. Now, it’s gotten to a point where I am getting so annoyed that I want Layout Mode to be my default view mode when I open Word document from another applications like Outlook.
The reason why it defaults to Reading mode is because the document is opened in Read-only mode. Because it’s an email attachment, Outlook saves a copy of the attachment in the temporary folder first before asking Word to open it with Read-only rights.
To change the default viewing mode in Word 2013, go to File → Options, and in Word Option dialog, un-check option “Open e-mail attachments and other uneditable files in reading view” under General section and Start up options.
Click OK to save the change. And that’s it.
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Last updated: 04/18/2015