Headers in Table not displayed in Navigation pane - fix this
For a long time, if you put a heading style inside of a table, it will not display in the navigation pane. This is a PAIN.
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Still hasn't fixed?
Please address the issue, Microsoft! I just spend at least an extra 3 hours on a professional document to give the client easy navigation through a very long document. If this bug did not exist, I would have that three hours back in my day. And that time is compounded with each new document I create. Love the Styles and Navigation features aside from this annoying issue.
This is quite an irritating problem, but I've found a slight work-around, though not perfect. You can convert the table to text (select the table, then Layout<Data<Convert to text). Headings will then show up in the navigation pane. Then, after you have done all the main writing/editing work you can convert it back into a table (select the text, then Insert<Table<convert text to table). The main problem, of course, is if it was a complex table in the first place, you would lose that formatting and need to redo it at the end. But if it's a simple table (1 large column), then it's an option.
We need this too - for legal docs
Marty Wauchope commented
Come on Microsoft, reported 5 years go with Word 2010 (see link), over 2 years ago here, under review for over a year here, please fix this! https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/office/forum/office_2010-word/do-headings-within-rows-in-a-table-reflect-in-the/92c25de0-39d3-4f7c-8dd1-7c0c3422a89d?auth=1
It is extremely hard to work with documents that have long tables, e.g. legal documents. It's a defect that headings appear in the TOC but not in the Navigation pane.
If it is difficult for you to safely move headings via the Nav pane when tables will be split or reordered, make that a restriction for the user - rather than this defective situation of no headings appearing in the Nav pane.
David Wilson commented
Yes this is very frustrating. Long table based documents without headings are nigh on impossible to navigate comfortbaly without headings! Grrrrr
Chris Brown commented
same here. This has been under Review since October 14, 2016??? Shocking. This issue with Headers in Tables not showing in the navigation pane. . .
I started college in 1994, and technology in education is just breaking out of the stone-age 20 years later. I am hoping that in the next 10 years when my daughter graduats Highschool that these kinks get worked out.
I am a school teacher going back for for a degree in Networking and Cyber Security. I am in my 2nd Microsoft class and I am shocked at how little integration between Microsoft products (Word and OneNote 2016), lack of continuity currently taking MOAC 70-410 (Windows Server 2012 R2) and just finished MOAC 70-698 (Windows 10 Client). YES, thats right, Server 2012 when 2016 has been out for some time... but that is another rant.
The point here is that all of the Lab worksheets and Lab Manuals are MS Word docx and have no heading setup. I spend a few hours putting 40 files into one file in MS Word. Then use the find and replace feature to apply style changes and color code terms, then manual move sections over to MS One Note.
In a nut shell, OneNote needs more functionally from Word. Then take on the digital textbook market (eBooks, ePUB. bookshelf.vitalsource.com) by integrating DRM (digital rights management) into office 365.
Jim Edmunds commented
Me too. Not having headings in the Navigation pane is annoying, but not having bookmarks created when the document is exported is a killer.
"Me too" -- I have a very complicated document with lots of headers. In a table. No navigation pane for me -- manual scrolling through dozens of pages to find what I want. (No, I don't want to use a table of contents; it ends up being 5 pages on its own)
Still not fixed! This is really a problem.
Please sort this out! It is actually shocking that a group of programmers can not get this right the first time round. It is a heading and should be treated as such in all scenarios
Sajit Viswan commented
Please have a fix. I am sorry to have been bound by an application with bugs MS will not fix
When will this function come. I am shocked that it is not available. If you habe long tables the lack of this function creates huge difficulties in Navigating and editing!
Please do this! Tables are SO useful organizationally, aesthetically, and even for adding unique formatting to text (I use it to put a colored square around numbering), but this one limitation is fairly glaring. I thought I was doing something wrong, until I found multiple forum discussions lamenting this exact bug/quirk. I'm no programmer, but couldn't this be fixed relatively easily? (cue programmers nodding/rolling eyes "yeah, you're right about that, you aren't a programmer..")
To add insult to injury, sometimes it does/did work. I build a document in Word 2013 (click-to-run) with headings inside a table and they showed in the navigation pane. I upgraded to 2016 and they still showed in the navigation pane. Then after a recent update, suddenly they're gone!
I add my plea to fix this. If it can work sometimes, it can't be far off...
This really does need to be fixed. It's dismaying that this is still not sorted in 2017.
Very disappointing that this bug has been ignored for so long.
Come on Microsoft this is clear cut. If the text is made a Heading – it needs to be treated as a heading regardless where the text is located in the document. Where is the consistency- Its picked up by the TOC, why not the Navigation pane?
This feature would be extremely helpful especially when using multiple charts in document!!!
Tellya Later commented
Still Not resolved. What I ended up doing is just re-typing it as a Heading and deleting the Table. It's not the best solution, but it is a work-around.
OMG I have this exact problem, is this still not resolved?!?!