Welcome - pick up where you left off in Word 2013

I worked on several documents which had this feature on my current machine. I like it.

I opened a document that I had not worked on in a while, and the "Welcome back" feature didn't appear. I found a lot of articles on how to disable this feature, but nothing about how to enable it. 

As a test, I pasted the entire text from the doc where it didn't work into an existing doc where it did, saved and closed the new doc. I opened it and there was the "Welcome Back" feature. I also noticed that the new doc is smaller in size than the old doc (with identical content), if that's any help. 

Is it something about the template? I want that feature  back.

Thanks,

Francis

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Hello,

How to Faster Return to Last Time Where You Left off in Word

By default, the Word is setting up to open at the first page of the document. you might find this annoying, especially if you are editing long documents. Some one may wonder how to mark a place in order to better search for next time reopen document. Here are some useful tricks that help you quickly return to the last edited position.

How to Faster Return to Last Time Where You Left off in Word

By default, the Word is setting up to open at the first page of the document. you might find this annoying, especially if you are editing long documents. Some one may wonder how to mark a place in order to better search for next time reopen document. Here are some useful tricks that help you quickly return to the last edited position.

Part 1: Use the Resume Reading Feature in Word 2013/2016

The Resume reading feature in Word allows reopening a document and keeps reading right where you left off. Word automatically bookmarks the last place you were reading, and the feature is built-in Office 2013 and 2016.

A tiny bookmark icon helps you pick up and resume work from where you left off last time. It is displayed as a pop-up on the right. Click it and go to the last editing location.

Tip: The feature is synced across locations and devices if you sign in with a Microsoft account. Resume Reading not only enables you to pick up where you left off in a document that is stored on your computer – for documents on SkyDrive it will also take your reading position whenever you go.
Part 2: Use Shortcut Key in Word 2010 and Later Version

The easiest way is use shortcut key: Shift + F5, as soon as you open your word document, pressing the two key at the same time, Word’s Go Back feature will take you back to your last edit. (In fact, if you press Shift + F5 repeatedly, it’ll take you through your last four edits.)

ip: This feature disappeared in version office 2007, but return back in office 2010.
Part 3: Create Bookmark in Word 2007 and Others

For version 2007, you can make it by creating a bookmark that identifies a location for next time editing. So that you can go to it by using the Bookmark dialog box, not have to scroll through the document to locate the text. Take Word 2013 insert a bookmark for example.

1. Run your Word, select a location which you want to add bookmark.

2. On the Insert tab, in the Links group, click on Bookmark.

3. Under Bookmark name, type or select a name (with a letter and can contain numbers, but no separate words.)

4. Then click Add, and then save the document.

When you close document and reopen it, go to Insert > Bookmark, in displayed Bookmark dialog box find out the bookmark name you have typed, then click Go to. Then you can get to where you marked.

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