Picking Up in the Last Document Edited

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated July 4, 2015)

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As covered in other issues of WordTips, you can jump to the last place that you edited in a document by pressing the Shift+F5 key. In other words, open the document, press the shortcut, and the insertion point jumps directly to the last edit point in the document.

If you work on the same document quite often, you may like a little macro that opens that last file you worked on, and then automatically jumps to the last edit location in that document.

Sub OpenLastDoc1()
    RecentFiles(1).Open
    Application.GoBack
End Sub

Assign the macro to a shortcut or a toolbar button, and you've got a fast way to continue working wherever you were in your last session with Word. If you prefer, you can make one change to the macro that jumps to the end of the document, rather than to the last place you edited:

Sub OpenLastDoc2()
    RecentFiles(1).Open
    Selection.EndKey Unit:=wdStory
End Sub

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Author Bio

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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2016-10-27 18:16:01

Stephen Norman Chase

Allen how can I make my IMac's 2008 MSWord app open with the last edited/used document instead of a blank document each time?


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