Anyone who creates long documents in Microsoft Word, will appreciate a new feature in Microsoft’s flagship word processing program called the Navigation Pane. It can be found under the View tab off the main ribbon. There is a place to check Navigation Pane, and doing so causes the new Navigation Page to be displayed on the left side of the screen.
To see for yourself how it works, create a dummy three page document, and then create a heading on each of the three pages using “Heading 1” option from the main ribbon. Next, click on View, then check the Navigation Pane Show box, to bring up the Navigation Pane on the left side of the screen. You should see your headings listed one on top of the other. If you click on any of those headings, you’ll be taken to that point in your document. No more having to search, or use bookmarks or constant scrolling.
If you click the middle icon on the Navigation Pane, you’ll get miniature images of the pages of your document, which you can jump to by clicking on the one you want.
Perhaps the most useful thing of all though is if you click on the third icon on the Navigation Pane, “Browse the Results from your Current Search.” If you type something in the box just above the icons in the Navigation Pane, all of the instances of that word will be highlighted in your text, but more useful, in the Navigation Pane will be only the pages that have that word in it. To make use of this feature, click on one of the pages shown, and you will be taken to that page in your document, where you will see the word you have searched for highlighted in yellow.
The whole point of the Navigation Pane is to help you get around in your documents quicker and more efficiently, and it certainly does that.
Also, if you don’t like having the Navigation Pane on the left side of your screen, you can drag it to the right or drag it and let it hover anywhere on the screen you choose. You do this by clicking on the blue bar at the top of the Navigation pane and then dragging it to where you want to drop it.
You can also make the Navigation Pane wider, or more narrow if you choose by hovering over either side of it, waiting till you see the double arrows, left clicking and dragging till you’ve got your desired width.
For people who create long documents, the Navigation Pane will make life a lot easier. For those that don’t, you can still use the search feature, because it works better than the simple search option.