A menu that makes browsing file folders obsolete

Word lets you create a special menu where you can display frequently used files for quick access.

To open a Word file, you probably click the Open button or choose Open from the File menu. Or, you might be a bit more savvy and use the Favorites folder. I actually modified my Registry to display work folders in the Open dialog box's Object bar, but that's a lot of work. Regardless of how you initiate the process, you end up slopping through the folder hierarchy to find the file you want.

For quicker access to frequently used files, you can add the Works menu to the menu bar as follows:

  1. Choose Toolbars from the View menu and then select Customize.
  2. Click the Commands tab.
  3. Select Built-in Menus from the Categories list box (near the bottom).
  4. Find Work in the list of commands and drag it to the menu bar.

To add an item to the Work menu, choose Add To Work Menu from the Work menu. Now, the files you use the most often are just a click away.


Unfortunately, I can't find the Work menu's counterpart in Word 2007.


Susan Sales Harkins is an IT consultant, specializing in desktop solutions. Previously, she was editor in chief for The Cobb Group, the world's largest publisher of technical journals.

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