Speed Up the Display of Large Complex Documents on Your Screen With Draft Fonts

BY STANLEY ZAROWIN

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.

 

SPONSORED REPORT

Cybersecurity threats proliferating for midsize and smaller businesses

This report details how SMBs can properly protect private information from breaches, design and implement a cybersecurity policy, and create safeguards for training and education.

QUIZ

Test yourself on these often confused words

The spelling checker on your word processing program can do only so much to flag problems. Your best insurance is to learn the troublesome words that trip up writers and use them correctly by the standards of formal, written English.