Picking Up Where You Left Off

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated October 18, 2014)

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If you find yourself working on the same document in multiple editing sessions, you can use this tip to get started faster. If you open a document you were editing when you last used Word, you can use the Shift+F5 keyboard combination to quickly jump to where you were last working in the document. This is also a good way to get back to what you were editing after browsing through a document.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (11) applies to Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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What is two less than 3?

2017-04-25 16:40:36

JC


Worked for me in Word 2016! Thanks a bunch because the document keeps moving to other parts by itself and its soooo annoying.


2016-09-10 22:34:53

Ron Mack

I need so SERIOUS HELP. I was using a PC and now I'm using a macbook. I know with a PC I could push F5 and a box would come up where I could find anything on my doc, go to page etc. Does mac have that same feture and if so how do I get to it. F5 does not work the same on mac as it does on PC

Thanks


2014-10-18 15:11:04

PFL

Some more testing suggests that SHIFT F5 results in variable and unpredictable actions. The complexities are not worth the effort to categorize. Best bet is to not rely on it behaving in any specific way. PFL


2014-10-18 13:31:16

PFL

This seems a bit more complex than either the TIP or the Jim Foote comment depict. (First, note that this is for versions through 2003.) I am using 2003 on this computer. Opening one document, it works as the TIP states. Opening two or more documents it works as Jim states, IF the last place the document was in use prior to being saved is at the beginning of the document. IF either document was saved with a working location other than the beginning, SHIFT F5 toggles the documents as seen by Jim, but also lands on the last location in use while the document was saved. I tried only a few permutations using three documents in various states of "saved" with and without locations throughout the documents, and this is what I infer from those trials. PFL


2014-10-18 08:49:33

Jim Foote

This didn't work for me. The only thing it did was to jump back and forth between two open documents.


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