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    ancient Word feature: first line (XP)

    I proposed to Woody and Microsoft the revival of an old feature, and Woody suggested that I mention it here. Back in an early version of Word, perhaps pre-Windows, it used to be possible to click in the left margin of a line (or perhaps put your cursor somewhere in the line), and perform a keystroke or mouse + keystroke, and the selected line would be moved so that it became the first line onscreen, showing the maximum amount of text following that point. It was very useful in, say, paragraph review after revision. Woody thought it would be possible to make this happen with a macro. Any suggestions?

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    Re: ancient Word feature: first line (XP)

    If you are in Page View, I believe you can do this by pressing Page Up, then Page Down.

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    Re: ancient Word feature: first line (XP)

    If you mean Print Layout view (formerly Page Layout, I believe), no, alas, it doesn't seem to work in my Word 2002; it takes me back to the same place. (I checked putting the cursor in a word in the line, selecting a word in the line, and selecting the line.)

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    Re: ancient Word feature: first line (XP)

    I did the following with Word 9, twice.

    Put doc in PageView.
    Use =rand() to generate a bunch of paragraphs.
    Inserted an "A" at the beginning of some line.
    Selected stuff in that line.
    Used Page Up.
    Used Page Down.
    Voila, the selected line was at the top of the screen.

    However, I now see that this worked by accident!

    If I use another line, it does not work.

    The first two times I tested, it worked, what are the odds of that? Maybe I should buy a lottery ticket?

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    Re: ancient Word feature: first line (XP)

    Oh well; thanks for trying.

    Frank

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    Re: ancient Word feature: first line (XP)

    These are trying times.

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    Re: ancient Word feature: first line (XP)

    I was able to achieve this roughly by using Page Down and then Shift-F5 (goto), at least in Normal view. It's not as accurate in Print Layout view. The idea is to get far enough down past the "last" line that when Word lazily scrolls back up, it only scrolls far enough to just get the desired line back into view. I can't figure out from trial and error precisely what needs to be done to the line to get it into the list of remembered locations; just selecting it with the mouse doesn't seem to be sufficient, but typing and deleting a space is enough.

    I am using 2000, so YMMV.

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