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Jumping Around Folders

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated August 19, 2017)

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If you work with multiple documents in Word, you know that traversing folder (directory) paths in the Open dialog box can be tedious at times. For instance, let's assume you have a document on which you are working. You open a second document, this one in a different directory. (You find it and open it after clicking your way to it in the Open dialog box.)

Now it comes time to open a third document. When you display the Open dialog box, Word assumes you want to start from where you opened the previous document (document 2). What if you want to actually open it from the same directory in which the first document was located? Of course, you can again use the Open dialog box to traverse back to the original directory. An easier method may be to do the following:

  1. Display the first document.
  2. Press F12. Word displays the Save As dialog box, starting from the directory in which the file was originally loaded. (This is the directory you want.)
  3. Close the Save As dialog box by immediately pressing Esc or clicking on Cancel.
  4. Now when you use the Open dialog box, it starts in the folder you were last in, which was the one displayed in step 2.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (8521) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Jumping Around Folders.

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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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What is one more than 2?

2017-08-20 13:32:34

Phil Reinemann

I created a macro to do this for MS Word 2007 (and above) and added it to my QAT. It displays the full file path and if you want, copy it to the clipboard - in case you want to email a server document's location to someone. (Or if I received the document in email and put it on my local drive, I often edit the message and paste in the location of the document then remove the document from the email. This reduces mailbox size on the server.)

Greg Maxey modified my macro and produced this version of it:

Sub ShowFileFullPath()
'Requires Reference to Microsoft Forms 2.0 Object Library.
Dim DataObj As New MSForms.DataObject
If MsgBox(Application.ActiveDocument.FullName & vbCr + vbCr & _
"Do you to place the full path on clipboard?", vbQuestion + vbYesNo, _
"Copy to Clipboard") = vbYes Then
DataObj.SetText Application.ActiveDocument.FullName
DataObj.PutInClipboard
Set DataObj = Nothing
End If
lbl_Exit:
Exit Sub
End Sub


2017-08-19 19:25:55

David A. Gray, MBA

I frequently hop around among three or more folders, which usually live in different trees. To simplify navigation, I place links in each folder that point to other folders that I use in conjunction with it. These links permit me to hop quickly to any other folder in the group without any extraordinary action. Since the related folder has a link back to the folder from which I came, jumping back is equally easy.


2017-08-19 07:05:37

Peter Stern

An easier way may be to find (or add) the folder to the Recent Places list and then pin it there. I do this in both Word and Excel.


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