NaNoWriMo Day 6: Microsoft Word tip for scene navigation

Probably everyone knows this but me, but I found a feature in Microsoft Word that is really helping me stay organized. You can create a menu that will show up on the side of your screen that allows you to see what scenes you have written and what order they’re in. Then you can easily move around in your document by clicking on the screen names in that menu.

Once you get your scenes going, such as “Scene at the Bar” , “In the Metro,” “At the Library,” etc., make sure you’re in the “Home” tab view. Apply the same style to each scene. In my case, I applied the “Heading 1” style to each of my scenes.

Heading screen shot in Word

To apply the style, I selected the text I wanted. In this case it was “Scene at the Bar.” Then I clicked on “Heading 1” in the top menu bar.

After you have applied the same style to all of your scene names, select the “View” tab to travel to the “View” area of Word. This tab is located at the very top of your screen. Put a check mark in the box next to “Navigation Pane.” This will create a menu of all of your scene names, shown here on the left side of the screen.

That’s it. You’re done. Now you can easily jump from one scene to another and back again.

Navigation Pane in Word

Happy writing!

Now back to work!

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