If Microsoft Word ignores text width zoom opening a document

I face this strange problem with some, not all, Microsoft Word documents (using the 2013 edition of Word). Although I work, save and close some documents in “Text width” mode, when I reopen them they appear in “Page width” mode, although in Zoom settings “Text width” is still selected!

I wasn’t able to explain why this happens only with some of my documents, while most of them open as expected, but I found this fast way to overcome the problem.

When you open a document that won’t behave, just press Alt+W+E, to enable Draft View, then Alt+W+P to get back to Print Layout mode. Your document will now follow the “Text width” mode that is checked in Zoom settings.

If you prefer not to repeat this manual adjustment each time you open problematical documents, you can add a macro to Word (enable first the Developer tab in the toolbar). Open from inside Word the Macro Editor (Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications) and paste this macro:

Sub AutoOpen()
On Error Resume Next

    If ActiveWindow.View.SplitSpecial = wdPaneNone Then
        ActiveWindow.ActivePane.View.Type = wdNormalView
        ActiveWindow.View.Type = wdNormalView
    End If
    If ActiveWindow.View.SplitSpecial = wdPaneNone Then
        ActiveWindow.ActivePane.View.Type = wdPrintView
        ActiveWindow.View.Type = wdPrintView
    End If
End Sub

If you already have an “AutoOpen” macro, just add these lines at the end (except for the Sub / End Sub parameters).

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