The default view in Word 2007 is Print Layout, but I’ve heard from several people who prefer to work in Draft view.  Changing the default view to Draft view is a two step process.

First, enable a document to be opened in Draft view.

  1. Close all but one of your Word documents.
  2. In Word, click on the Office button.
  3. Click on Word Options, located in the bottom right corner of the menu.
  4. Select Advanced in the left column.
  5. Scroll down to the General section (near the bottom) and check the box that says Allow opening a document in Draft view.
  6. Click OK.

Second, change your Word document to Draft view and close it.  You should only have one Word document open.

  1. Click on the View tab.
  2. Click on the Draft view button.
  3. Save changes if necessary.
  4. Close the document.

The next time you open a Word document, it should open in Draft view.