MS Word macro to automatically scroll and have the searched and found terms viewable near the status bar

If you search a Word document repeatedly to find the next occurrence of a term, you may have noticed that each time Word locates a new instance, it places it at the top.

This preference, which is the default one and unfortunately permanent (there is no Word setting that will let you customize it), is nice, if you need the selected text to be at the top, letting you read the text that lies below it.

However, if, for example, you search your footnotes, most probably you would prefer the located instances of your terms to be placed near the bottom of Word’s window, in order for you to be able to see the main text above, where your footnote makes its reference.

The way Word works now, you have to scroll each and every time to bring the located instance of your searched term to the bottom.

Here is a macro I created. You can copy and paste it anywhere in your Word macros, then assign a keyboard shortcut (I use F3, which is the default key for RepeatFind; for the latter I use Alt+F3) and enjoy automatic placement of searched and found terms at the bottom of Word’s window.

Please notice the end of the macro, the command “ActiveWindow.SmallScroll Up:=1” . Since I use a large monitor (Dell 27” in 2560×1440 resolution) I need a lot of scrolling to bring the searched text to the bottom. If in your case this adjustment brings the text in an invisible area of Word, i.e. below the status bar, just remove some lines of this command until you have the macro functioning according to your needs.

Enjoy!

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