MS Word hyperlink equivalent of a back button

Posted on 2001-07-11
Last Modified: 2008-03-04
How can I make a hyperlink in Word that acts as a "back" button?

I occasionally make MS Word documents with internal hyperlinks so that the reader can jump from topic to topic within the document.

I know that a toolbar appears with a back button when using hyperlinks, but I'd like to put that functionality directly in the document, where it won't be lost in the toolbar clutter.
Question by:sherrod
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Tough one:
- Shift+F11 hardly will be ever remembered

- Plastering the document with ControlToolbox buttons with this code hardly hardly is a solution too...

Private Sub CommandButton1_Click()
End Sub

Wait for Dreamboat.

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ID: 6273399
I think it is Shift+F5 that takes you to the previous location :-)
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Madde, AFAIK Shift+F5 is the previous location at last save, i.e. to continue editing the next day(s). This one is for jumping around with hyperlinks.

sherrod, pershaps a Macrorun field is simpler and less obstrusive than afore mentioned buttons.

Dreamboat !?
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Cri, it's not a big deal but F11 will get you to the nearest previous field, and hyperlinks are fields, so you would have to jump one field at a time, whereas F5 takes you to the last LOCATION as does the Web "Back" button. However, I agree that users will most probably not remember.
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cri earned 100 total points
ID: 6275763
Madde, you are correct (and I am too about not remembering...) This is what you get if you test it with a chain of 3 hyperlinks...

Author Comment

ID: 6309529
I tried all the above, but couldn't quite get what I was looking for. I tried recording the back button click on a toolbar, but Word wouldn't record that in a macro.

I finally solved it by creating the following macro:

  Sub BackToWhenceYouCame()
    On Error GoTo skip
  End Sub

I was able to add MacroButtons calling this macro (Using the Field option on the Insert menu) wherever I wanted the reader to be able to jump back to the previous position.

The question is solved now, but I'm not sure who to award the points to. I guess "cri" for making me think of using macros. Thank you, everyone.

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