Accessible Documents – Navigation

Navigation Pane

Sometimes the Navigation Pane will automatically appear on the left side of your screen in Word 2013. If it’s not shown:

Go to Home > Editing > Find

Screenshot of Word 2013 Navigation paneThe Navigation Pane will show you Headings, Pages, and Results:

  • The Headings in Word will show Headings 1-9 but will not show the Title. Clicking on a heading in the navigation will direct you to that area of the document. Headings may provide a quick, at-a-glance summary of your document. They’re also easily discoverable by a screen reader (technology often used by those with significant visual impairments), and this provides a way for a non-visual user to skim read a document.
  • The Pages area will give you snapshots of each page in your document – similar to how you’d see each page in a PDF using Acrobat Professional or Acrobat Reader. Clicking on a page will jump you to that page.
  • The Results are is basically the same as what used to be the “find” feature in Word. The keyboard shortcut: CTRL + F (Control Find) will get you to the Navigation Pane, too. You may type words into the search box or you can use the magnifying glass icon to search for other elements in your document.

Results options: Advanced Find, Replace, Go to and Find Graphics, Tables, Equations, Footnotes/Endnotes, or Comments

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