Word 2016 Navigation pane size is not remembered


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 May 15, 2019 Views 222 Applies to:

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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Charles Kenyon
Attorney at Law
Madison, Wisconsin


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