Word: Use Document Navigation Pane

Word: Use Document Navigation Pane

In Word 2016, 2013, and 2010, the Navigation Pane helps you quickly navigate through long documents. This feature organizes your document into a series of headings and pages. If you have Word 2007 or older, see Word: Map a Document to use a similar feature. 

View Navigation Pane

To view the Navigation Pane:

  1. Under the [View] tab, locate the "Show" group. 
  2. Click the "Navigation Pane" checkbox.

View/Organize Headings

Within the Navigation Pane, you can re-arrange and jump to your document sections.

  • To jump to a section of the document, click the heading title for that section.
  • To move an entire section to a different document location, click the heading and drag-and-drop it where you want it in the document.
  • To remove an entire section, right-click a heading and select "Delete." 

View Pages

To view your document by page thumbnails, click the "Pages" tab in the Navigation Pane. 

Search for Text

To search for text in the document:

  1. Type a search term/phrase in the search bar located at the top of the Navigation Pane. The search term will be highlighted throughout the document. 
  2. To jump to the section of the text where your search term was found, click the highlighted heading.
  3. To see the search term in context within the Navigation Pane, click the "Results" tab after entering your search term. The sections of text where the search term was found will appear. 


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