Solved: you cannot resize the MS Word editing window

MS Word resizing editing window problem

A big problem with MS Word is that you cannot resize the editing window. If you don’t understand what I mean, look at the screenshot below:

MS Word resizing problem

If you look at the image as it is, you may think, what’s the problem? The “White portion” cannot be shrunk as much as you want.

The problem with MS word is that you cannot reduce the width of the window as much as you want without having to resort to horizontal scrolling.

You may ask, why would I like to reduce the width of the window below a particular size? I would answer, why not? Maybe I have got multiple windows opened on my screen, and although I would like to work in MS Word, I don’t want a big screen, I just want a small column in which I can type. I’m talking about something like this:

The width of the MS Word editing window cannot be reduced

As you can see, the text doesn’t wrap as it happens in most of the text editing apps. You may think that this is not a big problem, but it is.

This problem becomes more ridiculous when you use MS Word on a tablet. If you want to work in a complete window, the text appears so small that it is almost impossible to work on it and if you enlarge the text, instead of wrapping according to the size of the screen, it goes beyond the screen.

Is there a solution?

I don’t know about the earlier versions of MS Word, but in MS Office 2016, you can also use the blog template. Why use the blog template in MS Word?

It allows you to shrink the size of the window according to your preference and magically, it wraps the text, something like this:

You can resize the MS Word editing window if you use the Word blogging template

As you can see, if you use the blog template in MS Word and then resize the editing window, the text beautifully wraps according to the width of the window.

If this feature – that the editing window of MS Word can be resized – can be made available in the blog template of MS Word, why can’t it be made available in the normal MS Word editing environment? It’s a silly, nagging problem and even after a decade, it hasn’t been addressed. Or is it just me who has this problem?

About Amrit Hallan
Amrit Hallan is the founder of He writes about technology not because "he loves to write about technology", he actually believes that it makes the world a better place. On Twitter you can follow him at @amrithallan

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