#183: Save or Close All Documents at Once

When I’m working in Microsoft Office documents, it’s pretty rare when I’m only working with one document at a time. Usually I’m looking at one or two as the basis for another new one and maybe even pulling in elements from still others.  That means that I frequently have 3 or 4 Word documents, PowerPoint files or Excel spreadsheets at a time.

If that sounds familiar to you, don’t you think it would be nice if there was some quick way to close them all at once instead of

doing the “File-Close dance” for each one? If so, you’re in luck.

The secret trick for doing this is to hold down the SHIFT key while you click the File menu. When you do that, you’ll notice two new options on the File menu: Close All and Save All.

To save all your open documents at once, click Save All. Or, to close all your open documents, click Close All; Word will prompt you to save your changes before closing any documents.

There you go! The more documents you work with, the more time you’ll save.

It’s been pretty quiet around here lately. Let me know if you have any questions, comments or suggestions …or just say hi and let me know if  you’re still there.

Have a great & safe holiday weekend!


3 thoughts on “#183: Save or Close All Documents at Once

  1. @Trevor – Thanks for checking in 😎

    @Ken – There are a couple of ways to do that. 1.) There is a keyboard shortcut for that. Just do the Windows Key + D 2.) You can get the icon for it in your Quick Launch bar by a.) making sure it’s turned on: http://bit.ly/boSX9k and normally you’ll have a desktop icon there by default. It will look like a smaller version of this http://bit.ly/bYWl5e


  2. Ken Keener says:

    Thanks for the tips Mike. Keep them coming.

    Question – when I was at Nationwide, I had this really handy icon on the lower right tool bar that minimized all applications with a single click.

    Do we have access to such a feature at AEP?


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