How to Use Panning Hand in Microsoft Office Apps

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If you want to restore the “Panning Hand” feature in Microsoft Office applications such as Word, this guide shows you how to activate and use the “Panoramic Hand” feature in Microsoft Office applications so that you can scroll pages differently.

When viewing a PDF file, we can drag the page in any direction we want. However, when viewing messages in Outlook, we can only move the pages by using the central mouse button or the scroll bar. In fact, there is a similar function in Outlook, Panning Hand, which allows you to drag pages. In this article, I will present how to enable and disable the “Panning Hand” function in Microsoft Outlook.

What is Panning Hand?

Panning Hand is a tool found in various Microsoft Office apps (and Internet Explorer) that turns the mouse pointer into a hand icon and allows you to hold down the left button and drag the page up and down or left and right instead of using the scroll bar or mouse wheel.

In earlier versions of Office, the pivoting hand is visible at the top of the scroll bar. Starting with Office 2013, it disappears from the default interface, but the functionality is still there if you need it.

This is very useful for long documents or large spreadsheets that are output on the right side. Manual panning is very accurate and allows you to drag pages in all directions, even diagonally, making it a popular tool for navigating large spreadsheets that scroll down and across.

You may have noticed that we say it’s a popular tool for navigating large spreadsheets. That’s because, unfortunately, Pan hands are no longer available for Excel, but are still available for OneNote, Word and Outlook.

Enabling the “Panning Hand” in Microsoft Office Apps

To enable the “Panning Hand” function in Microsoft Office applications, follow these steps:

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  • Open Word on your computer.
  • Click the DeepL Customize Access Toolbar button.
  • Select the More Commands option.
  • From the drop-down list, do not select Command on Tape.
  • Explore Panning Hand and select it.
  • Click the Add button.
  • Click the OK button to save.
  • Click on the new Panning Hand icon to activate and scroll through it.
  • To learn more about these steps, read on.

First, you need to open Word on your computer. Since Panning Hand is not enabled by default, you need to enable it.

To do so, click on the “Customize Access Toolbar” icon, which is visible on the ribbon. Then select More Commands from the list.

You must now expand the Select commands from the drop-down list and select the option Do not select commands on the ribbon.

Then find Panning Hand in the list, select it and click the Add button.

It should now be visible on the right side. If it is, you can click the OK button to save the change. Next, a new icon (Panning Hand) should appear on the Ribbon Command Bar.

If you want to use it, you need to activate it first. To do so, click on this icon so that you can see the Pan Hand icon on your screen.

You can now click anywhere and move the mouse up or down to scroll through the pages.

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