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How to Return to Last Time Where You Left off in Word

By default, the MS Office Word is setting up to open at the first page of the document. This tutorial will show you how to instantly access to the last edited position where you left off, as soon as you open the Word document.

3 ways to pick up where you left off in Word document:

How to use Resume Reading Feature in Word Document

The Resume reading feature allows you to pick up in a document where you left off. Word automatically bookmarks the last place you were reading, and this feature is built-in Office 2013 and 2016.

A tiny bookmark icon helps you pick up and resume work from where you left off last time. Here's how:

Step 1: Open a document that is stored on your computer.

Step 2: You will notice the bookmark icon on the right. Click it, you see the option to pick up where you left off.

Pick up where you left off

Tip: The feature is synced across locations and devices if you sign in with a Microsoft account.

Resume Reading not only enables you to pick up where you left off in a document that is stored on your computer – for documents on SkyDrive it will also take your reading position whenever you go.

Way 2: Use Shortcut Key

The easiest way is use shortcut key: Shift + F5.

As soon as you open your word document, press Shift+F5, the Word’s Go Back feature will take you back to your last edit. (In fact, if you press Shift + F5 repeatedly, it’ll take you through your last four edits.)

Shift+F5 take you back to the last edit position

Tip: This feature disappeared in version office 2007, but return back in office 2010.

Way 3: Create a Bookmark

For version 2007 or older version, you can create a bookmark that identifies a location for next time editing. So that you can go to it by using the Bookmark dialog box, not have to scroll through the document to locate the text. Take Word 2003 insert a bookmark for example.

1. Run your Word, select a location which you want to add bookmark.

2. On the Insert tab, in the Links group, click on Bookmark.

Insert a bookmark

3. Under Bookmark name, type or select a name (with a letter and can contain numbers, but no separate words.)

4. Then click Add, and then save the document.

Reture to where you left off

When you close document and reopen it, go to Insert > Bookmark, in displayed Bookmark dialog box find out the bookmark name you have typed, then click Go to. Then you can get to where you marked.

Go to bookmark