How to unhide the navigation pane in Word 2010 and Word 2013

Navigation pane in Word 2010 and Word 2013 is quite useful feature as users can do the following this

  1. Search document
  2. Browse the headings in document.
  3. Browse the pages in document.
  4. Browse the results from the current search.


But in case if your Word application does not show the navigation pane then you can unhide it using the View menu option. To turn on the navigation pane, from the home menu, navigate to View menu and then to Show section.  Mark checkbox with label as Navigation Pane and this would display it on the sidebar.


In Category: Office 2010, Word 2010

Ravi Shankar

A Software developer and blogger who is always looking to provide technical help to the wider community.

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  • Rick July 22, 2013, 12:25 am

    I would like to know how to make the Navigation Pain NOT be enabled as a default
    Every time I open MS Word 2010, the Navigation Pain opens – It becoming a pane to close it each and every time. It just started doing this and I don’t know why

  • Ravi Shankar July 22, 2013, 10:38 am

    Can you try this
    1. Open the normal.dotx.
    2. Remove navigation pane.
    3. Save the changes to normal.docx.

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