Tame your computer – pick up where you left off

11 Aug

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 enable you 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 to find 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 the 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.

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