Word Tip – The Draft View Gutter

Since I’ve been living in Microsoft Word lately, I figured why not take some time for a couple more handy Word tricks. This one is about getting a gutter to show up in Draft view so you can see what styles have been applied to text. If you’ve ever worked with a complex stylesheet before, especially one which is post-processed by some other tool, getting the styles properly applied to your content, and also debugging messed up styles is important. The display I’m talking about looks something like this in my sample document:

You’ll notice the various style names which apply to that particular line (and all the lines until the next style name). If you could see my document, you’d be able to see all the different text formatting in my document. If you’re looking to get this functionality, it’s pretty easy, actually. Go to the Office button and then Word Options. Select Advanced on the left and scroll down to the display section in the main pane.

Set your style area pane width to something like 2″. You can drag the divider in Word once you get the pane showing (only in Draft and Outline views, accessible via the Draft button on the View tab of the ribbon).

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