Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007 and 2010. If you are using an earlier version (Word 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Word, click here: Setting a Default for the Object Browser.

Setting a Default for the Object Browser

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated October 10, 2016)

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Nancy uses the Object Browser to look for items in her document, but she gets a bit frustrated with it. When she first starts Word, Ctrl+Page Up jumps up by a page at a time. This happens because the Object Browser is set to browse by page. But if she searches for text and finds it, the Object Brower is then set to browse by whatever she last searched for. This means that Ctrl+Page Up no longer jumps up by a page, but searches for the previous occurrence of the search text. Nancy wonders if there is, perhaps, a way to force the Object Browser to always search for the previous page.

There is no capability to do this in Word. This is because Ctrl+Page Up (and Ctrl+Page Down) aren't really shortcuts to jump to the previous or next page; they are shortcuts to invoke the Browse Previous and Browse Next commands. This means that they are the same as clicking on the previous and next controls in the Object Browser, at the lower-right of any document window.

You can, however, get around this problem by adding two macros to your system. These macros replace the built-in commands that are invoked when you use the previous and next commands in the Object Browser.

Sub BrowsePrev()
    Application.Browser.Target = wdBrowsePage
    Application.Browser.Previous
End Sub
Sub BrowseNext()
    Application.Browser.Target = wdBrowsePage
    Application.Browser.Next
End Sub

Note that these macros cause the Object Browser to revert to browsing by page instead of whatever had been previously selected. The drawback to this approach, however, is that you won't ever be able to use the Object Browser to browse for anything other than pages.

Note:

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WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (11206) applies to Microsoft Word 2007 and 2010. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Setting a Default for the Object Browser.

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2014-07-16 08:00:26

Pat

If you are not very good at Macros, you can invoke this command a much easier way.

It is available in previous word versions but in Word 2007 for example you would

Go got the File tab on ribbon
Select Options
Then Quick Assess tools
Then Customise Ribbon
Then at the very bottom on the left is “Keyboard shortcuts”
Then change the top box named “specify a command” to show “all commands not in the ribbon”.
Then on the opposite box (named commands) scroll to “GO TO NEXT PAGE” (don’t choose page down as this only moves a screen at a time).
When you click on it, if there is a short cut key already assigned it will show in the box below on the leftt but this is unlikely as there is no default key for this command.
Then click in box named “New short cut key” and type a key combination of your choice – I chose ALT and Page Down because it is easy to remember and also it does not overwrite another shortcut command.
Then click on assign and save.

From now on every time you press ALT and Page Down together you will move to the next page. Of course you can do the same for Page Up.


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