Office Word 2010 Search: Navigation Pane

The Navigation pane resides on the left side of your document and makes it easier for anyone to search throughout your document.  But this bar is not displayed by default, to enable it click the View tab on the main menu and check the Navigation Pane option.

Navigation Pane

Now you will see the Navigation Pane displayed on the left side of the document.

Navigation Pane Word 2010

Specify the search word/phrase and all the occurrences of this particular word/phrase will be highlighted in your document.

Search Word 2010

For the sake of convenience, the navigation pane beautifully organizes the document as different categories. There are three views of the Navigation Pane.

  • Heading View
  • Page View
  • Search Results View

You can find all these views located in the respective order as tabs in the Navigation Pane.

Navigation Pane Views Types

The Heading View

The heading tab of the Navigation Pane shows a series of nested tabs, each of which corresponds to a heading in the document. If you have inserted headings in some particular heading styles in your document then you will find all those headings listed under the Heading tab. This feature makes it very easy to navigate throughout the document using headings.


Heading Tab Navigation Pane 2010

The Page View

The page view lets you browse and navigate throughout your document. If you have searched anything then the page tab will display only those pages in which the searched content was available.

Page View Word 2010

Search Results

The Search results tab contains the list of the searched results.

Search Results Word 2010

Find Options

You can easily customize the way you search in your document or how your search results are displayed. Choose the Options by clicking the drop down button located with the Search textbox.

Find Option

Find Options

The Navigation Pane is a small yet important addition and adds feathers to the overall functionality of  Microsoft Word 2010.

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  • http://home.comcast.net/~jlm1976/Change.html John

    The side navigation pane disappeared. It is checked on the view panel. Where did it go?

  • http://home.comcast.net/~jlm1976/Change.html John

    Yes this is in Word 2010.

  • Aoeuks

    For me, the navigation pane appears every time I open a document. I would like to see this pane only when I need it. How do I make it not appear by default?

    • Michael Weinstein

      Right-click on top part of the navigation pane > click close.
      This sounds easy, but it took me an hour to figure out. If you close the navigation pane in any other way, it will still be there when you reopen it; trust me, I tried EVERY other way.

      Keywords: “Navigation pane opens every time I start word”

    • Rick

      Yea, I would like to know that too!

  • Nicci Fagan

    I have level 2 headings in a table – they show up in the TOC, but not the navigation pane.  Is there a way to “make” them show up in navigation or is this a bug with Word?  To be clear, I have 15 lines with the Heading 2 style, they all show up in TOC, only 8 are showing in navigation.  The 7 missing are in a table…

  • Nina

    Is there any way to retrieve a list of all the searches that have ben made in any one session? This would be most useful for various reasons.

  • Grimalkin

    Can I print the navigation pane?