Q: I work on very large, complex documents—100 or more pages—and they seem to take forever to open on the screen. Is there some way to speed up the display process?
A: If you’re willing to occasionally and temporarily forgo their display of graphics and some typographic dingbats (bullets and special characters) while you’re working on such a document, then Draft Fonts will address your problem. You can easily turn on those simple fonts, and when you’re finished editing, you can return the document to its original font.
In Word 2007, start by opening the target document and then click on the Office button and Word Options. Then cursor down to Advanced and its Show document content section and place a check next to Use draft font in Draft and Outline views and click OK.
This is what Draft Font looks like:
In Word 2003, click on Tools, Options and the View tab. Under Outline and Normal options, place a check next to Draft font. Then select a font and size by clicking on the pull-down menu. Finally, click OK.