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I am editing a long Word document and would like to keep the table of contents in view so that I can stay oriented as I work on the main part of the document. Is there a way to do this, perhaps with a vertical split view with the table of contents on the left and the main text on right?

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You can use the document map.

What it looks like

It will display the table of content on the left of your document:

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How to display in Word 2003

To display the document map in Word 2003:

  • Go to Menu
  • View
  • Click on "Document Map" or "Navigation pane"

How to display in Word 2007+

In word 2007 or higher:

  • In the ribbon
  • View tab
  • Show/Hide section
  • Click on the checkbox "Navigation pane"
  • Perfect, thanks. I found it in a slightly different place in Word 2007: View Tab on Ribbon, Show/Hide section, check 'Document Map'. But exactly what I was looking for. – KAE Feb 20 '12 at 16:48
  • @KE.: thanks for pointing out the right wording (my Word app is not in english :)). I've edited my answer thanks to your comment. – JMax Feb 20 '12 at 19:25
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    just to whom it may concern in my word the "Document map" is called "Navigation pan".. – user173455 Nov 14 '12 at 15:31
  • @Aiya: thanks. I've edited my answer to reflect your comment – JMax Nov 14 '12 at 18:15
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    It is "Navigation pane", at least in Word 2010. – David Balažic Oct 7 '14 at 15:02

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