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Navigating a Document

As you start to work with larger documents such as manuals and novels it can become harder to navigate to a particular page or the end of a document.

There are a variety of techniques for navigating a document:

Scroll Bars

The most simple way of navigating a document is to use the scroll bars.

A vertical scroll bar is located to the right of the window and enables you to scroll up and down through a document. A horizontal scroll bar is located along the bottom of the window (if the document is of a sufficient width) and allows the use of left and right scrolling.

To use the scroll bars either click and hold the arrow, or click and drag the scroll box for faster scrolling

Scroll Bars in Word

Navigation keyboard shortcuts

Using keyboard shortcuts where possible provides the fastest way of navigating a document.


Start of the line


End of the line

Page Up

Up one screen at a time

Page Down

Down one screen at a time

Ctrl + Page Up

Up one page at a time

Ctrl + Page Down

Down one page at a time

Ctrl + Home

Beginning of the document

Ctrl + End

End of the document

Go To Command

The Go To command in Microsoft Word enables you to jump to a certain location in a document such as a page, section or bookmark.

  1. Click Edit > Go To
  2. Or

    Press Ctrl + G or F5

    The Find and Replace dialogue box is displayed with the Go To tab selected. Select what you would like to jump to from the Go to what: list and enter the required information in the text box to the right

    Go To dialogue box

  3. Click Go To

Parts of a document mentioned here such as headings, sections, bookmarks and footnotes are explained later.

Browse by Object

Word enables you to quickly navigate a document using objects. For example, to jump to the next image or table of a document.

  1. Click the Select Browse Object button
  2. Browse by Object

  3. Select the object you wish to use to navigate the document
  4. Click the Previous or Next buttons to jump to the next object

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