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From the menu View choose Navigator (key F5). The Navigator looks a bit like a table of contents (see illustration 12), but it serves a very different purpose. Whereas the table of contents is part of the document and will get printed along with the rest, the navigator is an electronic key allowing you to manipulate the document.

Now press the small black triangle ▼ next to the category Headings. You will see all your existing chapter headings. Clicking on any one of them will highlight it. Double-clicking on it will bring you right to the corresponding passage in the text. So it’s not necessary any more to scroll down (or up) to it.

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Illustration 12. Here you see all your headings, which you can move up or down

A click on the Double arrow up (see illustration 12) moves the whole chapter including subsections, footnotes, illustrations etc. up – what OpenOffice calls Promoting a chapter. So chapter 5 for example will swap places with chapter 4. Numbering will be automatically updated – providing of course you’ve switched chapter numbering on (see section 5). Conversely you can Demote a chapter using the Double arrow down. Using the Double arrow right will Demote level of a chapter, say chapter 5 down to section 4.x. Conversely use the Double Arrow Left to Promote level of chapter, e.g. section 4.x to chapter 5.

Apart from headings, the navigator also lists graphics, tables, hyperlinks, the table of contents and many other objects you can easily jump to with a double-click.

Unlike the table of contents, the Navigator updates itself automatically.

The Navigator is especially useful in the context of group work – see section 17.

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