Weekly Computer Tip # 400
2 August 2013

Pick up where you left off (Word 2003-2013)

If you've upgraded to Word 2013 and open an existing document you might have noticed it welcomes you back and gives a pointer in the vertical scroll bar to pick up where you left off. So what if you haven't upgraded as yet, but love the idea that you don't have to go on a hunt finding the spot where you were last editing your document? Well, let's dig out an oldie but a goodie. tip 48 of January 2004 (no, this is not a typo!) and learn how to pick up where you left off in previous versions of Word.

Here's how:

  1. Press SHIFT + F5
  2. Continue to press SHIFT + F5 until you reach your desired location.

Pressing SHIFT + F5 goes back to up to three editing points, and when you press it a fourth time, it returns to where you started, regardless of the document. In other words, pressing SHIFT + F5 will jump between documents to the last three locations used in Word. The keyboard shortcut is not only useful when you open a document, but also while editing. For example, let's say you've just copied a paragraph and want to return to where you were typing previously in order to paste it. hey presto! Oh, and it even works if you put your documents on a USB stick and open them on a different computer.

By the way, Word is a very powerful program with lots of underutilised features because most people are self-taught, missing out on lots of its time-saving functionalities. So why not sign up for one of our next courses? We still have places left on our next Word Advanced course, scheduled for Monday, 5 August (mswordadv.php) or go to course_schedule.php to find our current course schedule. Hope to see you soon!