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Yet another indispensable Word tip

TechRepublic member Bill Lambeck submitted this timesaving tip for Word users.


If the word processing application of choice in your shop is Microsoft Word, you and your users will love the tips we’ve published in our download entitled “Indispensable tips for Word users.” After downloading and reading that document, TechRepublic member Bill Lambeck wrote to say, “Thanks for the tips, but I suggest you add one.” Here’s the tip Bill submitted, which works the same way in Word 97 or Word 2000.

The “go back to where I was” keyboard shortcut
Bill wrote, ”Say you’re typing in Word and you want to look at something elsewhere in the document. You go to the page and read it. Then press [Shift][F5] to return to where you last were typing. If you keep pressing [Shift][F5], you’ll cycle between the last three locations you have been in, as those three locations are stored in a buffer.”
  • Editor’s note: This shortcut is far superior to the trick I used to use in the days of DOS. Using those older word processors, I wrote a macro to enter a unique string—such as GGGG—to mark the place where I left off in the document. Then I’d use another macro to invoke the Find feature to locate and then delete the GGGG placeholder.
  • If you’d like to comment on this tip or submit your favorite Word tip, please post a comment below or drop us a note. We’ll publish the best tips on the site and include them in the mix when we publish version two of the “Indispensable tips for Word users” download.
    If the word processing application of choice in your shop is Microsoft Word, you and your users will love the tips we’ve published in our download entitled “Indispensable tips for Word users.” After downloading and reading that document, TechRepublic member Bill Lambeck wrote to say, “Thanks for the tips, but I suggest you add one.” Here’s the tip Bill submitted, which works the same way in Word 97 or Word 2000.

    The “go back to where I was” keyboard shortcut
    Bill wrote, ”Say you’re typing in Word and you want to look at something elsewhere in the document. You go to the page and read it. Then press [Shift][F5] to return to where you last were typing. If you keep pressing [Shift][F5], you’ll cycle between the last three locations you have been in, as those three locations are stored in a buffer.”
  • Editor’s note: This shortcut is far superior to the trick I used to use in the days of DOS. Using those older word processors, I wrote a macro to enter a unique string—such as GGGG—to mark the place where I left off in the document. Then I’d use another macro to invoke the Find feature to locate and then delete the GGGG placeholder.
  • If you’d like to comment on this tip or submit your favorite Word tip, please post a comment below or drop us a note. We’ll publish the best tips on the site and include them in the mix when we publish version two of the “Indispensable tips for Word users” download.

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