Word: Use Document Navigation Pane

Word: Use Document Navigation Pane

In Word 2016, 2013, and 2010, you can view the Navigation Pane, which organizes your document into a series of headings and pages. This can be helpful if you have a large document with lots of headings and sections. (If you have Word 2007 or earlier, see Word: Map a Document to use a similar feature.) 

View Navigation Pane

If the Navigation Pane does not display, click the [View] tab > Locate the "Show" group > Click "Navigation Pane" checkbox. If you are using Word 2007, the option is listed as "Document Map." (This is similar, but it does not have the features described below.)

View/Organize Headings (move/delete sections)

  • To jump to a section of the document, click the heading for that section displayed in the Navigation Pane.
  • To move an entire section and reorder the document, click a heading and drag-and-drop it where you want it in the document.
  • To remove an entire section, right click a heading and choose "Delete." 

View Pages

To view your document by page thumbnails, click the "Pages" tab in the Navigation Pane. (In Word 2010, there is a pages icon rather than the word "Pages").

Search for Text

To search for text in the document:

  1. Return to the first tab in the Navigation Pane to display headings.
  2. Type a search term in the search bar. Headings where the term is found will be highlighted.
  3. To jump to the section of the text where your search term was found, click on the highlighted heading.
  4. To see the search term in context without moving within the text, click on the third tab in the Navigation Pane after entering your search term. This tab will display the sections of text where the search term was found.


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