Jumping to a Table Row

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated May 29, 2021)

Maren has a document that has a very large table in it, spanning many pages. She would like the ability to jump to a specific row in the table, so she wonders if it is possible to use the Go To feature to jump to a particular row number, such as row 80.

The Go To dialog box (which is displayed by pressing F5 or Ctrl+G) allows you to jump to lots of different places in a document. (How you use the dialog box has been covered in other issues of WordTips.) It is actually possible for it to be used with table rows, with one huge caveat.

If your document only contains a table, you can jump to rows by following these steps:

  1. Press either F5 or Ctrl+G. Word displays the Go To tab of the Find and Replace dialog box.
  2. At the left side of the dialog box choose Line. (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. The Go To tab of the Find and Replace dialog box.

  4. Enter the row number to which you want to move. (The Next button changes to Go To.)
  5. Click on Go To, or press Enter.

This works because Word apparently considers each row in the table a "line." (It isn't affected, either, but rows that contain wrapped lines or multiple paragraphs.) This brings me to the caveat: If your document contains more than a table—especially text before the table—then the line jumping will be off because Word counts the non-table text in its line count calculations.

In that case, you'll need to use a macro to jump to the row you want. The following is an example of one that could be used.

Sub GoToTableRow()
    Dim RowNum As Integer
    Dim LastRow As Integer
    Dim Question As String

    If Selection.Information(wdWithInTable) Then
        LastRow = Selection.Tables(1).Rows.Count
        Question = "Enter a number from 1 to " & LastRow
        RowNum = InputBox(Question, 1)
        If (RowNum < 1) Or (RowNum > LastRow) Then
            MsgBox "That's an invalid row number"
            Exit Sub
        End If
        Selection.Tables(1).Rows(RowNum).Cells(1).Select
    Else
        MsgBox "Not in table"
    End If
End Sub

The macro first checks to make sure the insertion point is within a table. If so, it asks the user which row number he or she would like to jump to. Assuming that the row number is in the range of available row numbers, the row is then jumped to.

Note:

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Author Bio

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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