Word: Open a document at your last position

March 6, 2008

One of the annoying things about Word is that when you close a document then re-open it, it always opens at the beginning. This is fine if you have a one or two page document, but when you are working on a 100 page Word document it can be annoying to have to scroll to where you were. (Yes, you can press CTRL+SHIFT+END to skip straight to the end of the document, but what if you were working in the middle?)

There is a quick solution to this problem: As soon as you open the document, press SHIFT+F5—this will take you back to where the cursor was when the document was last saved – no matter who saved it or when.

Word 2007 issue: SHIFT+F5 doesn’t appear to work in files saved in the *.docx format. If you save the file as a *.doc file, it works correctly. (Details here)

[This article was first published in the June 2004 CyberText newsletter; updated with Word 2007 information, 21 August 2008]

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