How to Navigate This Document Quickly and Efficiently in Microsoft Word

Getting around your document quickly and efficiently is a vital skill. Here are a couple of quick shortcuts to help you get around even the longest documents in Word.

If you need to jump a certain percentage of the way through your document, use the Go To tab in the Find and Replace dialog box. This simple shortcut will save you time and effort!

Table of Contents

The table of contents (TOC) lists the main headings and subheadings of a document, usually in the front of the work. It is often used to help the reader navigate a long book or paper.

A table of contents is also a useful way to organize Web pages. If a Web page is divided into sections, the table of contents can provide a detailed view of each section, making it easier for a reader to find what they need.

Moreover, because the table of contents is always located in the front of the work, it lends structure and consistency to the document. It also helps readers remember where they are and what they’ve read.

Because a TOC is often based on an outline, it can be updated automatically to reflect changes in the content of the document. It’s a simple process to update a TOC in Word: just select it, click Update Table, and choose whether you want to change only page numbers or the entire table.

Once you’ve updated the table, make sure the headings and page numbers match. You should do this by comparing the headings in the table of contents with the headings in your document. If they don’t match, change the headings to reflect your new chapter headings and page numbers.

If you have applied heading styles, you can change the order of those styles by clicking in the Heading Styles box and choosing a new one from the Style menu. You can even apply a different heading style to each section, such as a different numbering convention.

Note that the level of each style you add to the Include Paragraph Styles box is set one level lower than the style immediately above it, unless the style is alphabetized. If you want the table of contents entries to appear in the Bookmarks panel of Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader(r) when you export your documents as PDF, select the option Use bookmarks.

The table of contents includes a list of chapter titles and page numbers, as well as a descriptive title at the top of the table. It is used to navigate long nonfiction books, reports, and proposals.

Navigation Pane

Microsoft Word’s Navigation Pane has a number of features to help you navigate through large documents. These include an automatic outline of your document, a thumbnail view of each page, and advanced search content options. This pane is located in the Show grouping on the View ribbon, and can be turned on by clicking on the Navigation Pane check box.

The Navigation Pane lets you easily locate parts of your document that have been arranged in a hierarchical fashion using built-in heading styles. You can expand/collapse this structure and set how many levels of headings to display in the Navigation Pane.

Objects in the Navigation Pane can be shown with a variety of names, icons, and details. You can hide objects so that they don’t appear in the pane. However, you can’t unhide them once they’re hidden. If you want to hide an object, right-click it in the Navigation Pane and choose Hide from the context menu.

You can also show or hide a specific part of your document. To do this, select a section of the document in the Navigation Pane and drag it to a new location. You can also change the level of headings, and add new headings.

If you’re using a document that has been saved as a PDF file, logical page numbers appear in the Navigation Pane. You can change these numbers in the Page Display preferences.

The Navigation Pane also displays bookmarks that provide a table of contents for a document. You can click a bookmark to open the bookmark in a separate window. You can also drag a bookmark to a new location in the Navigation Pane.

One of the most useful ways to find an item in the document is by searching for text within the document. The search box is at the top of the Navigation Pane, and you can search by a keyword or phrase. The results will be displayed in the document, and Word will highlight each occurrence of that word or phrase.

The Navigation Pane also shows the pages that contain a matching keyword or phrase, and you can click a page to move to it. You can also use the Next Page and Previous Page buttons in the toolbar to go directly to a page.


Headings are one of the most important elements of accessibility in Word, helping assistive technologies like screen readers to understand your document and find information quickly. As a general rule, each section should have a heading. This ensures consistency in design (font, size, indentation), and helps students to navigate the document more effectively by letting them know where to go next.

In a document with a lot of text, it can be difficult to find the place you want to be. The best way to avoid this is to use the Navigation pane, which only shows headings within your document.

As long as you have applied heading styles to the document, this should be a quick way to find any part of the document you want to look at. However, there is a proviso: these headings must have been formatted using Microsoft’s built-in styles.

With this in mind, here are some shortcuts to help you navigate around your Word document more easily:

First, open the Navigation pane by clicking on the headers tab in the left-hand column of your document. This will show you every heading in your document, along with a short excerpt from the surrounding text for easier navigation.

Once you’ve found the heading you want to move to, click it. This will jump you to that specific section of the document, rather than navigating back up to the table of contents or scrolling through the entire document to get there.

This is especially useful in large documents, where it can be easy to lose track of where you are in the document. This will also be the fastest way to move to a specific location if you need to jump from page to page.

Second, when you’re in the Navigation pane and you want to expand or collapse a specific section of the document, simply click on the black triangle beside the heading you want to expand or collapse. This will collapse any subheadings under that particular heading. Once the heading is collapsed, a white triangle will appear in its place to let you know that it contains hidden subheadings.


If you’ve ever opened a document in Word or any other word-processing program, you’ll know how daunting it can be to try to navigate that long list of buttons and menus. It’s even worse if you’re a newbie. In Pages, Apple has gone for a minimalist approach. Instead of cramming every tool and feature into its document window, it’s kept most of them off the screen (and out of your way).

So you don’t have to learn the hard way, Pages includes several templates that let you create documents right from the start. These templates fill up the whole layout for you, using placeholder text, images, and other objects you can edit.

As you add your own content, the placeholders disappear. That’s because Pages knows that you want to work in a document’s main work area, which is where the text and images are, not in the sidebars or other non-text areas. The cursor, meanwhile, morphs from its default arrow shape to an I-beam, ready to manipulate scroll bars, buttons, and other parts of your document’s window.

You can also use your mouse pointer to navigate the document’s page-thumbnails sidebar, which displays miniature previews of all the pages in your document. Click any thumbnail to jump to it, or drag left and right to resize the sidebar as needed.

Another quick way to move among pages is to open the Navigation Pane. This pane, which is a hidden but powerful part of Pages, understands all the built-in heading styles and displays them in a hierarchical way. You can expand and collapse the structure and set how many levels deep you want to see it.

One of the best ways to quickly find a particular section in a large document is by using the Find and Replace dialog box, which you can access from the Tools menu or from the Navigation pane. It’s also very useful if you’re looking for specific comments in a document.

When you’re editing a document, don’t forget to save it! Not only does this prevent your work from being lost, it keeps you from having to re-edit your document later. To save a file, choose File-Save, or press -S.