Displaying the Document Map

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated March 11, 2013)

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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.

Displaying the Document Map is easy: Display the View tab of the Ribbon. Then, in the Show/Hide group, make sure the Document Map check box is selected. You follow these same steps to turn the Document Map both on and off.

You can tell when you are using 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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2013-06-10 09:07:56

philomena

Gosh..sorry. It was many years ago that I saw this warning on the MS Word forums. I am 90% sure it came from an MVP. Wish I could resurrect the post....


2013-06-09 03:39:49

Rohn

Philomena, I have been using the document map for more that 15 years. I have never heard that it contributes to document corruption.

Can you provide more information about what/where you heard about this.


2013-03-12 12:39:44

SGray

The phrase "document map" in my Word 2010 is called "Navigation Pane" *in View > Show) It's extremely useful, especially for a large document (mine is currently 1300 pages), and I've never had a problem with it. Everyone should get familiar with it.


2013-03-11 08:24:06

philomena

on the MS Word forum some time ago, an MVP warned that the document map had been respnsible for corrupting files. This was pre-2007 so perhpas this is no longer an issue. Do you know if this problme has been resolved?


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