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General information

Atlantis can display documents in two modes: Draft View and Print Layout View. The Draft View comes in two versions: the "standard Draft View" and the "Draft View (wrap to window)".
You can switch the view mode for the active document through the "View" menu, or by clicking the buttons above the vertical scrollbar in the document window:

The current "viewing mode" of a document is not saved by Atlantis to the document file. But the "viewing mode" used for the last active document is automatically reapplied to any document you create or open in Atlantis.

Under the Print Layout View, documents are displayed as a sequence of pages, each page being represented on a separate "paper sheet". Under the smaller zooming factors, several pages are usually displayed together within the same document window:

Under the larger zooming factors, only fragments of whole pages can be seen, along with the page boundaries and interpage margins:

As its name indicates, the "Print Layout" viewing mode shows documents as they will print to paper. This is why such a display is also called WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get). The WYSIWYG display is very helpful when you plan to print a document, or save it as PDF.

Hide White Space

When a document is in the "Print Layout" viewing mode, you can save screen space by hiding the blank areas at the top and bottom of each page, and the space between the pages. Here is how it works:

If you place your mouse pointer over the interpage space right above the top of a page, it will automatically take on a special shape:


If you then give a double-click with that special pointer, the following elements will no longer be displayed on-screen in the document window:

  • the top & bottom page margins,
  • any blank area at the bottom of pages (except for the last document page),
  • the gaps between pages,
  • and the headers and footers, if any.

Even if they are still basically displaying in the standard Print Layout view mode, the document contents then get displayed with far fewer blank areas, and a lot of "white space" removed. In this way, the document text flows uninterrupted along the pages, making work on the document more convenient.

However, note that the actual page boundaries are still shown with a dividing line:

Now bringing the blank areas back into view is very easy. You only need to double-click the horizontal line separating any two pages of the document. This will restore the Print Layout view mode, with all its standard features, including the interpage gaps, among other things.

Draft View

Under the Draft viewing mode, the document contents are displayed as a continuous flow of text without page breaks or page margins. Actually there are no pages at all under the Draft viewing mode of Atlantis.

Compared to the Print Layout view, the Draft view mode has a few specifics:

  • The information shown on the Atlantis status bar is different. You will not find any mention of the "current page number" since the Draft view mode knows nothing about "pages". In the same way, the caret information does not include any "distance from the page top". The "line number" as displayed on the status bar is the absolute number from the beginning of the document (not from the beginning of the current "page").
  • Headers and footers are not shown.
  • The page-related zoom types ("Page width", "Whole pages", and "Two pages") are naturally unavailable.
  • Multicolumn sections get displayed as if they had only one column.
  • Footnotes and endnotes (if any), are systematically placed at the end of the document (footnotes first, then endnotes). The notes numeration is continuous from top to bottom.
  • The "View | Page Margin Borders" command is unavailable, and there is no vertical ruler in the document window.


Most "page-related" commands of Atlantis are still available under the Draft view mode. It is the case for instance of the "View | Header & Footer" command. But when you run these "page-related" commands, Atlantis automatically switches to the Print Layout view mode, and displays the document "pages".

If you design eBooks in Atlantis, you'll probably use the Draft mode in preference to the Print Layout mode. This is because documents will look much closer to the published eBooks under the Draft view mode than they will under the Print Layout view mode.


Unlike the traditional Draft view (the "View | Draft" main menu command) that displays document contents wrapped to the document page width:

the "Draft view (wrap to window)" mode (the "View | Draft (Wrap to Window)" main menu command) ignores the document page settings, and uses the entire width of the document window to wrap document contents: