Word: Jumping to next table, graphic, or field

February 1, 2010

You can use the F5 function key in Word 2003 or 2007 to open the Go To tab on the Find and Replace window, then go to the next table, figure etc. But there’s a quicker way to jump from one object to the next.

Down in the far right corner of Word, below the vertical scroll bar, is a funny little button (the Select Browse Object button) that has double-headed up and down arrows immediately above and below it. When you first open a Word document, these arrows are black.

  1. Click the round Select Browse Object button between the double-headed arrows. The object browse options display.
  2. To browse:
    • Tables: Click the table icon .
    • Graphics: Click the image icon .
    • Fields: Click the field icon .
  3. Once you’ve selected the type of object (table, graphic, field etc.), click one of the double-headed arrows to jump to the next object (click the up arrow to jump to objects earlier in the document; click the down arrow to jump to objects later in the document).

If you look carefully, once you’ve made your choice, the double-headed arrow changes to blue:

Note:  Your object selection stays the same for the open document (unless you change it), so you can use it at any time. It resets to ‘nothing selected’ when you close the document.


  1. […] Apply background shading to a table header row, go to the next table’s header row, then press F4. Voila! The same shading is applied to this new row. (See this blog post on jumping to the next table: https://cybertext.wordpress.com/2010/02/01/word-jumping-to-next-table-graphic-or-field/) […]

  2. […] the Browse Object button on lower right to skip from table to table, figure to figure […]

  3. […] easy to do something like set Auto Fit to Window for a table, then go to the next table (using the Object Browser) and reapply the same setting to that […]

  4. Use Ctrl+Page Up to go the previous selection and Ctrl+Page Down to go the next selection.

  5. […] One of the annoyances I’ve discovered in Word 2013 is the complete absence of the Browse Object icon. Microsoft giveth and Microsoft taketh away! Any power user of Word was likely familiar with the Browse Object button — it was very handy for quickly jumping to places within your document. (See this blog post for how it worked prior to Word 2013: https://cybertext.wordpress.com/2010/02/01/word-jumping-to-next-table-graphic-or-field/) […]

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