Displaying the Document Map

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated March 4, 2019)

As you are working with large or complex documents, it is often easy to lose your place and spend a lot of time trying to find information. Word includes a special viewing mode that can help you navigate through your document quickly and easily. This special viewing mode is called the Document Map (Word 2007) or Navigation Pane (later versions of Word).

Displaying the Navigation Pane or the Document Map is easy: Display the View tab of the ribbon. Then, in the Show group (Show/Hide group in Word 2007), make sure the Navigation Pane or Document Map check box is selected. You follow these same steps to turn the Navigation Pane or Document Map both on and off. You can also close the Navigation Pane by clicking the X in the upper-right corner of the pane. (See Figure 1.)

Figure 1. The Navigation Pane.

You can tell when you are using either the Navigation Pane or the Document Map because an outline of your document appears at the left side of the screen, with the document text at the right.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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