Word X: Scrolling up and down in Page Layout view

Posted by Pierre Igot in: Macintosh
April 27th, 2003 • 4:56 pm

It’s hard to believe, but, after all these years, something as simple as scrolling up and down a document in Page Layout view in Word is still not working right.

When I put a document in Page Layout view and ask Word to SHOW me the whole page, I get a window filled with a full page. If I then press the Page Up or Page Down keys to scroll up or down the document, Word jumps from page to page, but not accurately enough to ensure perfect alignment of the page within the document window.

Instead, the further up or down I go, the more the page shifts either up or down the screen, to the point that, after about 10 pages, either the bottom or the top of the page ends up being off-screen. (I see the beginning of the next page or the end of the previous page instead.)

As far as I can remember, this problem has been affecting Word for ages. It is really quite unbelievable that they still haven’t managed to get such essential functionality to work right.

(This shifting behaviour doesn’t affect the display of the document in Preview mode. In Preview mode, Page Up and Page Down do manage to go up or down one page exactly, and everything remains perfectly aligned. But the Preview mode is hardly practical for document editing purposes. It is, as the name indicates, a last-stage mode used just before printing, to ensure that everything is right.)

Shame on Microsoft.

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