Word: Browse Object icon missing in Word 2013

September 25, 2015

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/)

Sure, you can use F5 to jump to certain places, but that Browse Object button was quicker and easier to use.

Despite its loss, there’s another way you can browse certain objects, and that’s from the Navigation pane that you open using Ctrl+F (or View > Navigation Pane).

When you’re on the Navigation pane, click the magnifying glass icon to display other Find options such as Graphics, Tables, Equations, Footnotes and Endnotes, and Comments.

Navigation pane has an option under the magnifying glass for finding types of objects in your document

Use the up/down arrow icons to go to the next/previous object for the Find type you selected, or click the yellow highlighted section to go to the section where the next object of that type is located.

Use the up/down arrows to go to the next object, or click to sections with the yellow highlight

[Links last checked September 2015]

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