Word 2016 Navigation pane size is not remembered

Hello,

After the last update was forced on my computer, Word 2016 no longer remembers the width of the navigation pane. It now starts out taking three inches of my screen.

So I drag the right side of the navigation pane, make it narrower, edit my file, save my file.

But the next time that I open my file - whammo - the navigation pane loses my last setting and again consumes 3 inches of screen width.

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.  If I never got another update from Microsoft.....

 

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Last updated November 26, 2018 Views 66 Applies to:

Hi Devin,

By default it should, at least during a Word session, retain its last-used width.

You could use the macro shown below if you want. It could be attached to a keyboard shortcut like Ctrl+Shift+N.

Sub NavigationPaneSize()
'
' NavigationPaneSize Macro
' Charles Kenyon 18 October 2018
' name AutoOpen instead of NavigationPaneSize if you want to set every time a document is open
' http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/msoffice/forum/all/word-2016-navigation-pane-size-is-not-remembered/eb9542e4-e8aa-4d03-b95b-78a7326b15c9
    Dim iWidth As Integer
    iWidth = 300    ' change to suit
    With Application.CommandBars("Navigation")
        .Visible = True
        .Width = iWidth
    End With
    
End Sub


How to use a macro found here or on another webpage:
http://www.gmayor.com/installing_macro.htm
http://gregmaxey.com/word_tip_pages/installing_...

I hope this information helps. Please let me know if you have any more questions or require further help.

Regards

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Thank you for your comment and your help. I agree that it should, at least during a Word session, retain its last-used width

I was hoping to find a fix for the last "update" gift from Microsoft so that I wouldn't have to add code / macros etc.

This is vert frustrating.

Anybody else know how this broke and how to fix it??

TIA

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This has been reported by other users and does seem to be the result of a recent update. This was reported to the Word development team on October 8 and has been reproduced in-house, so we may see a fix in a later update. The problem also seems to apply to the Styles and Smart Lookup panes.
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Thank you for your note. I have found MS to uniquely uninterested in 'fixing' things like this. If only I could stop MS from 'fixing' my computer. Every update breaks something old.

ARGH!

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I've created an Add-In as a Workaround for this. It gives control over the default width and over whether the Navigation Pane is displayed initially. It is its own read-me file.

Navigation Pane Settings at Word Startup

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