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I've been using Adobe Acrobat Reader since version 4. While I am reading a PDF document, I can use the Back/Forward buttons to navigate between the previously browsed pages.

For example, I am on page 6 in Acrobat Reader, and I click a cross-referenced link to page 70; I can go BACK to page 6 by hitting the back button.

Is there any such functionality available in Microsoft Word 2003/2007? There has to be something like it, but I am unable to find it.

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Don't use the term M$ to refer to Microsoft - Just makes you sound like an idiot. If you don't like them, use something else. – William Hilsum Sep 8 '09 at 10:24
Thank you for the edit, Wil! It was really annoying to see that. – alex Sep 8 '09 at 10:26
Yep. Thanks for the edit :) I used it coz, in fact, I quite like them. – Kirtan Sep 8 '09 at 10:30
Thanks for the great answers, BUT, these things work only when we are navigating in the document by clicking cross-links/index links. But, that's not what I want. I want to do something like Acrobat Reader. I'll still keep the question open for the next couple of days. – Kirtan Sep 8 '09 at 12:37
up vote 2 down vote accepted

Right click on the toolbar, and add the Web toolbar. Then, just use the forward and Back buttons.

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Ummm, where can I find the Web toolbar in Office 2007 :{ ? – Kirtan Sep 8 '09 at 10:19
I also tried it in Office 2003, but the Back/Forward buttons are disabled! – Kirtan Sep 8 '09 at 10:21
I'm not sure there is such a toolbar in Word 2007 or an equivalent toolbar. My solution works with Word 2003 and almost all previous versions. I haven't really used Word 2007 that much. – alex Sep 8 '09 at 10:23
That's strange. It works for me. I use it at work a lot when reading design documents. – alex Sep 8 '09 at 10:24
Alex, I tried opening a BIG document in Word 2003, made some changes to page 3, then pressed CTRL+End to move to the end of the document; but, the Back/Forward buttons remain disabled! – Kirtan Sep 8 '09 at 10:25

In Word 2007, you can use ALT + the left and right arrows.

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This also works in Word 2003 (for cross-references etc). – jwaddell Oct 14 '10 at 22:34
It doesn't work. And look in the official shortcuts list: it isn't listed… – s_a Oct 3 '13 at 14:33

With Microsoft Word 2007:

Click the Office Orb -> Word Options

Then go to Customize, and under Choose commands from:, select All Commands. Then, just add the Back and Forward buttons, and they will appear at the top, near the Save & Undo buttons.

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There is a keyboard shortcut that takes you back up to 4 places, ALT+CTRL+Z. No more CTRL+end induced rage!!

Source: Official Keyboard shortcuts for Microsoft Word

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  • In Word 2010, right-click on a blank area in the toolbar and select 'Customize Quick Access Toolbar...' or 'Customize the Ribbon...' (preferably the latter).

  • The Word Options window should appear.

  • In the Choose commands from: drop-down select 'All Commands'.

  • Scroll down to find the green Back button.

  • Click Add.

  • You may need to create a New Group using pane on the right of the Word Options window.

  • Follow the instructions.

  • Repeat with the Forward button.

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