Draft mode

Updated: 04/01/2018 by Computer Hope

Draft quality, Draft view, or draft mode is a feature found on older printers where they would lower their quality and saturation for a "test version" of a printed document. Draft mode was used to show the user what the print job would look like (while saving some ink/toner) before printing the final copy. The print quality or draft mode was configured through the printer properties menu.


Today, many word processors include a draft mode that removes a document's formatting.

How do I get into Draft view?

In Microsoft Word, to get into Draft view, click View at the top of the window and then click the Draft icon. If you want to get out of Draft view, click any of the other available views, like Print Layout.


You can also get a Draft view by clicking the Draft button in the View buttons.

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