The Navigation Pane
Among the many reasons I love Word Styles, is how it makes the Navigation Pane more powerful and easier to use.
Turn on the Navigation Pane by going to the View Tab, Show Group and checking the Navigation Pane check box.
At this point, if your text is unformatted, the Navigation Pane will not look that useful. But, watch what happens when I add styles to the unformatted text.
Now the text appears in the Navigation Page in the same style hierarchy used in the document. Now I can use the Navigation Page to quickly move around the document by clicking on the text I want to jump to.
If there is a lot of text, it can be collapsed and expanded using the triangle buttons.
The Navigation Pane can be used for more than navigation, it can also be used to reorder/reorganize text in the document. For example, perhaps I wish to move the section on the “The Adventures of Pinocchio” after “Aladdin”. I can do this easily by clicking on that heading in the Navigation Pane and dragging it below the heading I want it to follow.
Not only is that heading moved but all the subtext beneath it is moved as well. Fast and easy document reorganization!
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