I want to type in the center of the screen all the time. Have doc scroll up behind my typing. Not have cursor move down to bottom.
I am an author and I have used Word for all of my 30 plus books, but one feature in word is missing. I would like to have the typing position “frozen in the middle of the screen” or set on the middle of the screen. That way, as I write the pages will scroll up line by line, behind my work. That would be different from the cursor moving down. Can there be a setting for this? NOT centering the page and stuff like that. I want the cursor to move along as I type from left to right starting at the left-hand margin and when I press return have the line I just type scroll UP so that I am typing in the middle (horizontally) of the screen at all times. As it is now, the page is stationary until the cursor reaches the last line on the page then it starts scrolling up as I add new lines. I know other word processing programs like Scrivener does allow the typing position to remain constant. I find it very annoying to always type at the bottom of the screen, and be constantly shifting my eyes lower and lower until I move the document up again.
Please! How do I get word to do this?
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James Grover commented
Pfft! MSFT responded on Aug 06 of 2018 and nearly THREE YEARS LATER we are STILL waiting for this feature. What is worse is that it would NOT be hard to code into Word to do this. There are no work arounds for it (I've tried) short of making your word window have the height of your screen so the "bottom of the word window" is then in the middle of your screen height.
Come on Microsoft, enough already! Make this little dream of SO many come true! PLEASE!
Skeezy Bojangle commented
I would sell someone else's soul for this...
[Deleted User] commented
Please, please, please do it. 15 years writing for a living. This would make my life (as many others') easier and happier. I hate writing at the bottom of the screen. I'd love to write mid screen.
I want to type in the center of the screen while composing, not all across the bottom.
Related to this suggestion is doing the same thing with Find results.
When you do a find that is off screen the hit is displayed at the very top of the screen.
Move the hit to the center of the screen to provide context before as well as after the hit.
Amanda Ricker commented
Please! When working as any type of proofing editor, it is helpful to be able to add blocks of text ABOVE already written text. Having your typing line remain on the same location on the screen while you type and the text BELOW your insertion point remaining visible would be very highly helpfu.!
Any update on this? As a fellow writer, I cannot say enough how wonderful this option would be!
Yes, yes, a thousand times yes. As a writer who is looking a pages filled with text ... and nothing but text ... every day, I want my eyes on the line at the center of my vision, seeing what came before and (when editing) what comes after. Adding this as an option in Word would make me so happy.
There are a few advantages to the typewriter. I like the auditory feedback. I like the centering of my visual focus I notice the few people I know who were trained typists still have the best ergonomic instincts. - Steve (36 yrs old).
There are no (obvious) competitors to this idea. The two most common suggestions are Hanxwriter which is nostalgia based by Tom Hanks for iOS only; and Overtype - a typewriter simulator designed to work poorly.
There are several similar live requests for this feature, so as it is "under review" please take those other requests into account as well.
Make it an option.
If I am typing about (and below) an image, I often need to be able to see the image at the same time (a not uncommon TechComm use case).
In this case, I would *never* want my system to decide where to move the "active" line of text within the window.
I tend to scroll ro achieve the same effect; it's become something that I do automatically. But yes, I think that this suggestion would be far better. It would be especially useful if you were editing content and could see an equal amount before and after your input.