Word Tips: Reduce Eye Strain with Read Mode

Lesson 2: Reduce Eye Strain with Read Mode


Reduce eye strain with Read Mode

Reading text on your computer screen can take its toll on your eyes after a while. Fortunately, Word's Read Mode feature can help reduce eye strain with options that allow you to view text in a larger, full-screen format. There are also color options available to decrease the harsh contrast of black text on a white screen.

Watch the video below to learn more about using Read Mode in Word.


  1. Open the Word document you need to read.
  2. Click on the View tab located in the ribbon at the top of the screen.
  3. Look for the Read Mode button (which looks like an open book) and click on it.
  4. The document will now be displayed in a larger full-screen view, and you can scroll through the pages horizontally. This is especially helpful if you’re reading on a device like a tablet. 
  5. To change the page color, click on the View tab, then select Page Color from the drop-down menu.
  6. Choose the Sepia option to reduce contrast and minimize eye strain.
  7. To exit Read Mode, click on the View tab again, and select Edit Document from the drop-down menu.

You can now read your document without hurting your eyes! All in all, these tips definitely make for a more comfortable reading experience.

Next up, we’ll go through the steps for easily inserting a screenshot into your Word doc.