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    Question Question About Microsoft Word 2007 [Solved]

    Hi.


    I have a simple question about Microsoft Word 2007. Is there any way to set the program so that one can jump to where one left off? For example, if I left off at say page 328 in my manuscript, is there any way that I could make it go straight to page 328 automatically when I open the document?


    I'll appreciate the help.

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    Christina.
    Last edited by ChristinaLayton; 01-22-2013 at 12:44 AM.

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    ... yep. A VBA macro could be written to do that.
    It's a bit involved.

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    It needn't be that complex. I finish a writing session with three hyphens, a character string which never occurs in normal writing. (I suppose any won't-happen character string will do. Try xx, unless you mention Exxon.) When I return, I search for it, go directly there, and delete it when I begin. That way there's only one, and every search when I start for the day can only take me to the right place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maryn View Post
    It needn't be that complex. I finish a writing session with three hyphens, a character string which never occurs in normal writing. (I suppose any won't-happen character string will do. Try xx, unless you mention Exxon.) When I return, I search for it, go directly there, and delete it when I begin. That way there's only one, and every search when I start for the day can only take me to the right place.
    Similarly, you can insert a bookmark.


    Shift+F5 works for me in Word 2010 (takes me to the last edit point), but it sounds like this doesn't work in Word 2007?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maryn View Post
    It needn't be that complex. I finish a writing session with three hyphens, a character string which never occurs in normal writing. (I suppose any won't-happen character string will do. Try xx, unless you mention Exxon.) When I return, I search for it, go directly there, and delete it when I begin. That way there's only one, and every search when I start for the day can only take me to the right place.

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    Takes literally about five seconds.

    That is an elementary little trick, but I will try that. Thanks for the help. It hadn't occurred to me.


    LJD: I would try that but for some reason the function keys (F1, F2, F3, etc) in my netbook don't work.

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    As early as Word 2002 you can click the Insert menu command, then click Bookmark. No need to use Fkeys at all.

    In the dialogue box that comes up you can assign a name to the bookmark. For instance, you could place a bookmark at the beginning of each chapter. Or in your case your last edit.

    You then use the Insert -> Bookmark dialogue to Go To specific bookmarks. Or to Delete specific bookmarks.

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    The simplest possible way is just to leave a unique character string at your ending place, and search for it. I generally use "xxxxxxx". Takes about two seconds to get there.

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    Or, personalize it!!! I'm kkbe, so I type kkkkkk's. Christina, you could type a string of cccccc's!!!!

    Btw, it doesn't matter how many, you don't even have to count; give it a try--it's functional AND fun!!!!

    Last edited by kkbe; 01-16-2013 at 07:25 AM.

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    If its a long piece of work, then I just insert an index. The tree sits on the left side and you move from chapter to chapter with a single click. Works especially well if you bounce all over the place.

    Of course, you could also try Scrivener as a replacement for Word - and it opens were you have last left off

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    CTRL + G, then the page number.

    I do like Celt-x for that reason - most of the time it opens up to where I last was writing or editing but so long as you can remember the page number then the above is just fine.

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    Word 2013 provides a link to pick up where you left off upon re-opening a document, which is a nice little feature. Ctrl-End will take you to the end of a document, but of course that might not always be where you were last.

    I would strongly recommend using Header styles to name your chapters - this way you can use the inbuilt document map (included since at least Word 2003) to quickly navigate around your file. I don't like using bookmarks, personally. I find they aren't exact enough - often jumping to a bookmark at the start of a page will take you to the end of the previous page instead. They can be annoying when passing files around others as well, as many people don't set the view options to make them visible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blacbird View Post
    The simplest possible way is just to leave a unique character string at your ending place, and search for it. I generally use "xxxxxxx". Takes about two seconds to get there.

    caw

    I tried that since I opened the thread and it worked like a charm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kkbe View Post
    Or, personalize it!!! I'm kkbe, so I type kkkkkk's. Christina, you could type a string of cccccc's!!!!

    Btw, it doesn't matter how many, you don't even have to count; give it a try--it's functional AND fun!!!!

    Personally, I would only write like five C's, ccccc, so that I don't lose count of how many there are making it impossible to find the marking string. That's pretty cool. Thanks for the suggestion.

    Quote Originally Posted by kenebaker View Post
    If its a long piece of work, then I just insert an index. The tree sits on the left side and you move from chapter to chapter with a single click. Works especially well if you bounce all over the place.

    Of course, you could also try Scrivener as a replacement for Word - and it opens were you have last left off
    This just might be the best suggestion yet. Thank you. It'll be very similar to just opening the document where one left off because I always remember the next chapter I'm working on. For instance, for tomorrow my next chapter to work on is 43, so I just find chapter 43 in the index and voila.

    Is Scrivener free or will I have to pay for it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Wilde_at_heart View Post
    CTRL + G, then the page number.

    I do like Celt-x for that reason - most of the time it opens up to where I last was writing or editing but so long as you can remember the page number then the above is just fine.
    I will try this also. Thanks. I will try all your suggestions.

    Quote Originally Posted by onesecondglance View Post
    Word 2013 provides a link to pick up where you left off upon re-opening a document, which is a nice little feature. Ctrl-End will take you to the end of a document, but of course that might not always be where you were last.

    I would strongly recommend using Header styles to name your chapters - this way you can use the inbuilt document map (included since at least Word 2003) to quickly navigate around your file. I don't like using bookmarks, personally. I find they aren't exact enough - often jumping to a bookmark at the start of a page will take you to the end of the previous page instead. They can be annoying when passing files around others as well, as many people don't set the view options to make them visible.

    I have Word 2007, and I'd only purchase Word 2013 if I didn't have Word at all. This hand-me-down computer came with Word 2007 installed when it got to my hands, so that's what I use. I will only purchase a new version of Word if this hard drive gets formatted or something bad happens to this machine.


    I will try Headers as well. This question is now solved. Thanks everyone for all your help!

    Chris!

    ETA: I would download a 60-day trial of Office 2013, but I'm on a 4G mobile broadband internet service and I only have 1000 minutes to download stuff, and I ran out of that just by downloading three 35-kilobyte pictures and two songs on iTunes. When I get an internet service that lets me have unlimited downloads, I'll download the trial of Office 2013.

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    Yeah, always back up before making any major changes to software.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blacbird View Post
    The simplest possible way is just to leave a unique character string at your ending place, and search for it. I generally use "xxxxxxx". Takes about two seconds to get there.

    caw
    Ha! I thought I was the only one who had that idea! I have been using that trick with Word for over 10 years!

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