Microsoft Word: Jump To Last Cursor Position
If you open a Microsoft Word document you will notice that it will always open the first page of the document no matter if it is a new document or one that you accessed before.
That's fine under most circumstances but could be an issue for users who work with large documents in the application. Say you have read half-way through a document previously and want to continue where you stopped the last day. While you can scroll down the document manually to find that position in the document, or make use of bookmarks to find that part again, you may be interested in an easier option.
If you are also working with Microsoft Excel, you may have noticed that the program remembers the last cell used when you open a spreadsheet again in the program.
Here is a tip on how to get a similar option in Microsoft Word. The easiest way to make Word jump to the last cursor position in Word documents is to use the keyboard shortcut [Shift F5].
Pressing [Shift F5] in a recently launched Word document will place the cursor at the position of the last change in the document. Word will only record changes to the document this way. Simply placing the Word cursor in the Word document is not enough to make [Shift F5] jump to that position.
The other requirement is that the document needs to be saved in doc format. Word cannot perform the jump to the last cursor position if a txt or rtf document is loaded into the text editor. This little keyboard shortcut can be very useful in large Word documents that are edited over time.
So, instead of creating bookmarks, you simply make a small change, like adding a space character, to the document and save that before you exit it. Next time you open it, use Shift-F5 to jump to that position to continue working on it.
Update: Things work a little bit different in the most recent version of Microsoft Word. While it works more or less identical, things are a bit different here.
First of all, the Shift-F5 keyboard shortcut does not seem to work anymore in Word 2013. Pressing it does nothing at all in the application it seems.
A small notification on the right of the document is displayed on the other hand that you can click on to jump to the last position that you were at before you closed the document the last time. This option seems only valid for a short period of time, and when you start making edits again, it does not appear to be available anymore.Advertisement