Word Browse Object

In addition to the regular ways of navigating a Word document with the mouse or keyboard, Microsoft has provided the Browse Object. The Browse Object are the two double-arrows located at the bottom of the vertical scroll bar.


These double-arrows move the insertion point to the previous or next instance of a particular object. The default object browsed is Browse By Page. Therefore, these double-arrows move back and forth between pages of the document.

What most Word users do not know is that you can change the object being browsed to something other than page. For example, if you changed the Browse Object to Browse by Graphic, the double-arrows would then move the insertion point back and forth between all of the graphic images contained in your document.

To change the Browse Object, either click the round button between the double-arrows as shown in the next screen shot, or press ALT+CTRL+HOME on the keyboard.


This brings up a small box with twelve icons. The first two icons do not actually modify the Browse Object. They both display the Find and Replace dialog box, although with a different tab having the focus. The remaining icons change the object being browsed to one of the following.

  • Browse by Edits
  • Browse by Heading
  • Browse by Graphic
  • Browse by Table
  • Browse by Field
  • Browse by Endnote
  • Browse by Footnote
  • Browse by Comment
  • Browse by Section
  • Browse by Page

To learn which icon handles which object, hover your mouse over the icon. The object type will be displayed above the icons as shown in the next screen shot.


The Browse Object can be a tremendous time saver when navigating large, complex documents. The key is to remember that it even exists!

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