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Microsoft Word - Are Backward & Forward Arrows possible, like PDF reader?

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Just wondering if it is possible to have Backward & Forward Arrows in MS Word 2013, like we see while reading a file in PDF readers? These arrows not only take us to various pages, they can also take us to previous or next screen (like browser).

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by:GrahamSkan
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Word is a text editor and formatter used to prepare a document for printing, so it is not doing the same job as a PDF viewer or a browser.

You can use Page Up and Page Down to scroll between pages. Arrow Up and Arrow down will switch between displayed text lines, while Left and Right arrows will scroll left and right, character by character
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by:Akulsh
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So it is not possible to customize Word with buttons to have same facility as a PDF reader, even when we are only reading a document?
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by:GrahamSkan
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Some customisation of Word keystrokes is possible, but I guess that the ones that you want to change are built in.

If Word differs markedly from the industry standard in this respect, then, I suppose, that Microsoft might consider changing, but not if it is incompatible with the main objective, and even then it has a huge audience that knows these fundamental keystrokes which seem to me to be entirely logical.
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by:GrahamSkan
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You also have to consider what substitute keystroke would be necessary to change current text cursor position by one line up or down if the arrow keys were to move the cursor by a whole page.
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by:Paul Sauvé
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You can add Print Preview Edit Mode to the Quick Access Toolbar.

Also, View tab -> Full Screen Reading works, but doesn't seem to resolve columns...

In both of these modes, the PgUp and PgDn keys work.
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by:Akulsh
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I cannot edit the document in Print Preview Edit Mode.

I think in previous version of MS Word, you could put Backward and Forward Arrows in Toolbar to move between sections. No longer?
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by:Paul Sauvé
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>>I cannot edit the document in Print Preview Edit Mode.

Clear the Magnifier check box in the Preview command group.


>>I think in previous version of MS Word, you could put Backward and Forward Arrows in Toolbar to move between sections. No longer?

Sorry - can't remember how to do this
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It is possible to add buttons to the QAT (Quick Access Toolbar). The buttons can be used to run macros, e.g.
Sub NextSection()
    Selection.GoTo wdGoToSection, wdGoToNext
End Sub

Open in new window

After the macro has been written, use the dropdown at the right of the QAT and choose 'More Commands...'
Select 'Macros' in the 'Choose commands from:' box. Find the macro and move it across with the 'Add>>' button.
To change the icon, select the macro now in the right-hand list and click on the 'Modify...' button to open the page of button images to choose from.
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by:Rob Henson
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In Word 2010:

Bottom right of screen, below vertical scroll there is Up arrow, Dot, Down Arrow. Click on the Dot and it shows various navigation options, one of which is By sections. You can then use the Up & Down arrows.

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Rob H
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by:Akulsh
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Rob H,

Good point. Where is this facility in Word 2013? Must be somewhere... Thanks.

GrahamSkan & Paulsauve,

I was about to close the case with 50% credit to both of you, but then saw post of Rob H. Give me a bit more time... Thanks.
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by:Rob Henson
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Haven't got access to W2013 so can't comment.

Another thing that I have remembered, on the View tab there is a Tick box for Navigation Pane. That gives you a PDF'esque thumbnail viewer and search faciltiy.

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Rob
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by:Rob Henson
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Also, hovering over the Dot gives keyboard shortcut of "Ctrl + Alt + Home", maybe that also works in W2013.
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by:Rob Henson
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In Word Options > Advanced, disbaling the vertical toolbar makes the "Arrow, Dot, Arrow" section disappear.
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Rob,

1. Navigation bar takes too much of real estate. Also in Word 2013, thumbnails are not there.
2. There is no Dot in scroll bar in Wold 2013
3. In Word 2010, you can disable scroll bar icons, but there is no way to enable them in Word 2013.

I have finally created Macros for all the items I wanted. That seems like the only solution.

By the way, I am using Word 2013 because it can convert PDF files. Otherwise it is ugly in many ways...
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by:Rob Henson
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Only other thing that I can think of is to enable Scroll Lock so that using the cursor keys moves the page rather than the cursor.

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Rob H
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There is no ideal solution. Only workaround thru Macros.
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