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Keyboard shortcut to go back to last place in text

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Is there a keyboard shortcut that will allow me to go back to the last place

in the text that my cursor was on? For example, my cursor is clicked on in

the middle of a document, then I go elsewhere in the document, can I use a

shortcut to go back to the last place I was in the document?

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    • If you were actually editing at the previous location, try Shift+F5. If you

      clicked on a hyperlink to get to the place where you are now, try Alt+Left

      Arrow.

      Suzanne S. Barnhill

      Microsoft MVP (Word)

      Words into Type

      Fairhope, Alabama USA

      Word MVP FAQ site: http://word.mvps.org

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      "torajudo" <torajudo.ms-word.todaysummary.com.discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message

      news:351A144F-BC12-4EB0-A202-B0180B743168.ms-word.todaysummary.com.microsoft.com...

      > Is there a keyboard shortcut that will allow me to go back to the last

      place

      > in the text that my cursor was on? For example, my cursor is clicked on in

      > the middle of a document, then I go elsewhere in the document, can I use a

      > shortcut to go back to the last place I was in the document?

      #1; Wed, 04 Jun 2008 01:46:00 GMT
    • Does this work differently in Word 2007? Is there something I need to set

      (security?) to make this work? I just tested it (made a change, saved,

      reopened, SHIFT-F5 did NOT take me there) and it's not working.

      Thanks

      "Suzanne S. Barnhill" wrote:

      > If you were actually editing at the previous location, try Shift+F5. If you

      > clicked on a hyperlink to get to the place where you are now, try Alt+Left

      > Arrow.

      > --

      > Suzanne S. Barnhill

      > Microsoft MVP (Word)

      > Words into Type

      > Fairhope, Alabama USA

      > Word MVP FAQ site: http://word.mvps.org

      > Email cannot be acknowledged; please post all follow-ups to the newsgroup so

      > all may benefit.

      > "torajudo" <torajudo.ms-word.todaysummary.com.discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message

      > news:351A144F-BC12-4EB0-A202-B0180B743168.ms-word.todaysummary.com.microsoft.com...

      > place

      >

      #2; Wed, 04 Jun 2008 01:47:00 GMT
    • I have not used Word 2007, so I can't say for sure, but (a) I believe there

      is some setting in Word 2007 that must be set to allow you to use the

      keyboard shortcuts from earlier versions and (b) the GoBack command is

      somewhat flaky even in previous versions; see

      http://word.mvps.org/faqs/apperrors/GoBackFix.htm.

      Suzanne S. Barnhill

      Microsoft MVP (Word)

      Words into Type

      Fairhope, Alabama USA

      Word MVP FAQ site: http://word.mvps.org

      Email cannot be acknowledged; please post all follow-ups to the newsgroup so

      all may benefit.

      "MK" <MK.ms-word.todaysummary.com.discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message

      news:4D07E481-6B47-4E7B-8DEE-F25361A087E8.ms-word.todaysummary.com.microsoft.com...[vbcol=seagreen]

      > Does this work differently in Word 2007? Is there something I need to set

      > (security?) to make this work? I just tested it (made a change, saved,

      > reopened, SHIFT-F5 did NOT take me there) and it's not working.

      > Thanks

      > "Suzanne S. Barnhill" wrote:

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      #3; Wed, 04 Jun 2008 01:48:00 GMT
    • Thanks -- with your reminder, I remember that adding that code in Word 2003

      worked, for me. Unfortunately, it doesn't in 2007. I found, under ALT-F,

      Word Options, Customize, Keyboard Shortcuts Customize where ALT-F5 is already

      set to perform the GOBACK command, and I tried to add that module to my

      Normal.dotm file, but it's still not working. If anyone else has ideas,

      please let me know!

      Thanks for the info, though, Suzanne...

      "Suzanne S. Barnhill" wrote:

      > I have not used Word 2007, so I can't say for sure, but (a) I believe there

      > is some setting in Word 2007 that must be set to allow you to use the

      > keyboard shortcuts from earlier versions and (b) the GoBack command is

      > somewhat flaky even in previous versions; see

      > http://word.mvps.org/faqs/apperrors/GoBackFix.htm.

      > --

      > Suzanne S. Barnhill

      > Microsoft MVP (Word)

      > Words into Type

      > Fairhope, Alabama USA

      > Word MVP FAQ site: http://word.mvps.org

      > Email cannot be acknowledged; please post all follow-ups to the newsgroup so

      > all may benefit.

      > "MK" <MK.ms-word.todaysummary.com.discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message

      > news:4D07E481-6B47-4E7B-8DEE-F25361A087E8.ms-word.todaysummary.com.microsoft.com...

      > you

      > Alt+Left

      > newsgroup so

      > on in

      > use a

      >

      #4; Wed, 04 Jun 2008 01:49:00 GMT
    • > Word Options, Customize, Keyboard Shortcuts Customize where ALT-F5 is

      already

      Alt+F5 or Shift+F5? As I say, I think there's a check box that allows you to

      use legacy shortcuts.

      Suzanne S. Barnhill

      Microsoft MVP (Word)

      Words into Type

      Fairhope, Alabama USA

      Word MVP FAQ site: http://word.mvps.org

      Email cannot be acknowledged; please post all follow-ups to the newsgroup so

      all may benefit.

      "MK" <MK.ms-word.todaysummary.com.discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message

      news:D6EDDAC5-C3CA-4FCE-9632-536EE95E616E.ms-word.todaysummary.com.microsoft.com...

      > Thanks -- with your reminder, I remember that adding that code in Word

      2003

      > worked, for me. Unfortunately, it doesn't in 2007. I found, under

      ALT-F,

      > Word Options, Customize, Keyboard Shortcuts Customize where ALT-F5 is

      already[vbcol=seagreen]

      > set to perform the GOBACK command, and I tried to add that module to my

      > Normal.dotm file, but it's still not working. If anyone else has ideas,

      > please let me know!

      > Thanks for the info, though, Suzanne...

      > "Suzanne S. Barnhill" wrote:

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      #5; Wed, 04 Jun 2008 01:50:00 GMT
    • Good catch. You're right -- I was trying SHIFT, and it was set for ALT -

      but, either way, it's not working.

      If you can find where that "use previous shortcuts" switch is, please let me

      know!

      Thanks again...

      "Suzanne S. Barnhill" wrote:

      > already

      > Alt+F5 or Shift+F5? As I say, I think there's a check box that allows you to

      > use legacy shortcuts.

      #6; Wed, 04 Jun 2008 01:51:00 GMT
    • AFAICT the shortcut key combination is working.

      What appears to have changed is the way that the Goback command itself

      works. I searched in Help for "goback" and found no hits - even when

      searching "All Office Online" so will have to do some more checking to be

      completely sure but it appears that goback works across multiple documents

      within a Word session and that history is not saved with individual

      documents (even if saved in 97-2003 format).

      Enjoy,

      Tony

      "MK" <MK.ms-word.todaysummary.com.discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message

      news:81B86C0D-46C2-4465-B56F-E7D055718A94.ms-word.todaysummary.com.microsoft.com...

      > Good catch. You're right -- I was trying SHIFT, and it was set for ALT -

      > but, either way, it's not working.

      > If you can find where that "use previous shortcuts" switch is, please let

      > me

      > know!

      > Thanks again...

      > "Suzanne S. Barnhill" wrote:

      >

      #7; Wed, 04 Jun 2008 01:52:00 GMT
    • As I say, I don't have Word 2007 installed, but perhaps someone who does can

      help.

      Suzanne S. Barnhill

      Microsoft MVP (Word)

      Words into Type

      Fairhope, Alabama USA

      Word MVP FAQ site: http://word.mvps.org

      Email cannot be acknowledged; please post all follow-ups to the newsgroup so

      all may benefit.

      "MK" <MK.ms-word.todaysummary.com.discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message

      news:81B86C0D-46C2-4465-B56F-E7D055718A94.ms-word.todaysummary.com.microsoft.com...

      > Good catch. You're right -- I was trying SHIFT, and it was set for ALT -

      > but, either way, it's not working.

      > If you can find where that "use previous shortcuts" switch is, please let

      me[vbcol=seagreen]

      > know!

      > Thanks again...

      > "Suzanne S. Barnhill" wrote:

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      >

      #8; Wed, 04 Jun 2008 01:53:00 GMT
    • I find that if I have several documents open in Word 2003, pressing Shift+F5

      in one of them often takes me back to the last edit point in a different

      one, which is *not* what I expect or want.

      Suzanne S. Barnhill

      Microsoft MVP (Word)

      Words into Type

      Fairhope, Alabama USA

      Word MVP FAQ site: http://word.mvps.org

      Email cannot be acknowledged; please post all follow-ups to the newsgroup so

      all may benefit.

      "Tony Jollans" <My forename at my surname dot com> wrote in message

      news:%230BWqBVHHHA.420.ms-word.todaysummary.com.TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...[vbcol=seagreen]

      > AFAICT the shortcut key combination is working.

      > What appears to have changed is the way that the Goback command itself

      > works. I searched in Help for "goback" and found no hits - even when

      > searching "All Office Online" so will have to do some more checking to be

      > completely sure but it appears that goback works across multiple documents

      > within a Word session and that history is not saved with individual

      > documents (even if saved in 97-2003 format).

      > --

      > Enjoy,

      > Tony

      > "MK" <MK.ms-word.todaysummary.com.discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message

      > news:81B86C0D-46C2-4465-B56F-E7D055718A94.ms-word.todaysummary.com.microsoft.com...

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      #9; Wed, 04 Jun 2008 01:54:00 GMT