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Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Word 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Word, click here: Jumping to the End without Repaginating.
Bob wondered if there is a way to jump to the end of a document, upon opening, without having the document repaginate. It seems that the repagination process slows him down a bit, and he is looking for a way to speed things up.
Before getting into an answer, it should be noted that the repagination process should only slow a person down if any of three conditions are met:
The solutions to these conditions should be obvious to most readers, with the possible exception of the "bad document" cause. In this case, it is best to try to do a Save As using a new filename or, better still, to copy and paste the information from the old document to a new one.
That being said, if you still want to turn off pagination and jump to the end, this can be done, with a caveat. The caveat is that you can only turn off pagination if you are viewing the document in Normal view. If you switch to another view (Print Layout or Page Layout being the most common), then Word automatically does repagination and there is no way to turn it off.
The following short macro could be used as an AutoOpen macro for your document. When you open the document, Word switches to Normal view, turns off background repagination, and jumps to the end of the document.
Sub AutoOpen() If ActiveWindow.View.Type <> wdNormalView Then ActiveWindow.View.Type = wdNormalView End If Options.Pagination = False Selection.EndKey Unit:=wdStory End Sub
The Options.Pagination property is the same setting you can make manually if you choose Tools | Options | General tab and toggle the Background Repagination check box. The setting of this check box is only meaningful if Word is operating in Normal view, thus the need to switch to that view prior to setting the option and jumping.
Remember that if you later do something that requires Word to repaginate (such as switching to Print Layout or Page Layout view or using the Go To feature to jump to a particular page number), then Word will dutifully repaginate your document, introducing the delay you want to avoid.
For completeness you may want to add an AutoClose macro to your document. This macro does nothing but turn on the background pagination option so that it will work normally with other documents.
Sub AutoClose() Options.Pagination = True End Sub
WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (1294) applies to Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Word (Word 2007 and later) here: Jumping to the End without Repaginating.
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