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    Show/Hide 'loses place' in document (Word XP SP2)

    Superiorly p-o'd cause I already typed this once and Check Spelling LOST my post.

    I already know there probably isn't a fix for this, but I have to try. Let's say I'm working in a 136 page document, and I decide I need to make edits on page 133. So I click and place cursor at the right spot on page 133, but then I decide that I want to turn on the Show/Hide because I suspect that something is going on behind the scenes with the document. I turn on the Show/Hide, and...although I am still on page 133 of my document...the text that I was JUST looking at is completely different because when I turn on Show/Hide it shows all the TOC codes, etc. that I have in my document, and all the text has shifted down a few pages. So to place my edits where I need to, I have to scroll down (sometimes several pages) to find the right place in the document.

    Now...did Word 97 do this? I can't remember to tell the truth. It would SEEM that there should be a place under Tools | Options | View where you can select something to the effect of "Keep document view with cursor when Show/Hide on" but I can't find it because it probably doesn't exist. And I'm getting exasperated cause I'm working on a 500+ page document that had LOADS of Index codes and TOC codes and fields, etc. Not to mention it takes a full minute to repaginate the damn document everytime I toggle the Show/Hide.

    TIA - Satiria

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    Re: Show/Hide 'loses place' in document (Word XP SP2)

    hi Satiria,

    i don't know if this will work, but it should bring your cursor back into view automatically
    run this macro (create a shortcut for it)

    sub MoveScreentoCursorPosition
    selection.moveleft:selection.moveright
    end sub

    greetings,

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    Re: Show/Hide 'loses place' in document (Word XP SP2)

    Ahhh...thank you. That works. I assigned a shortcut key to it. I owe my sanity to you.

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    Re: Show/Hide 'loses place' in document (Word XP SP2)

    If it's changing what you see on the screen, but not changing your cursor location (which is what happens in Word 2000), you can also press one of the arrow keys to move your cursor in one direction or the other. The display should change to take you to the cursor location.

    Lee Morgan

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    Re: Show/Hide 'loses place' in document (Word XP SP2)

    thanks Lee,

    <img src=/S/doh.gif border=0 alt=doh width=15 height=15> i just switched from the vba forum when i answered this question ... still in vba mode.
    even then it could be written better:
    sub stpp()
    selection.range.select
    end sub

    there are cases when left/right up/down movements are not symmetrical in word (i.e. don't bring you back to the same place)

    greetings, pieter.

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    Re: Show/Hide 'loses place' in document (Word XP SP2)

    Here's another one: Shift+F5 (Goto previous selection) should zip your ActiveWindow back to where your Selection is. (Tested in Word 2000.)

    If you need to view Hidden Text when you are toggling, then the workarounds above probably are best, but if you only want to see certain other kinds of formatting, you could create your own Show/Hide button customized for just them, or a button that pops up the View tab of the Options dialog, like this macro:

    Sub myToolsOptionsView()
    Dialogs(wdDialogToolsOptionsView).Show
    End Sub

    If you want to plow nights and weekends into it, you could create a Show/Hide toolbar with individual toggles for the most-used settings. What fun that would be!

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