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Office challenge: How to close all open files in Word 2007

This week, test your Word skills by solving the mystery of the disappearing Close All command in ribbon versions of Word.

Let's suppose one of your Word users has just upgraded to Word 2007. One of her favorite pre-ribbon commands was Close All. By holding down the Shift key and selecting Close All from the File menu, she could close all open Word files at once. Unfortunately, this no longer works in Word 2007 or 2010. Can you help her?

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6 comments
quique6
quique6

Office button, Exit Word.

angiemonro
angiemonro

I Win7 I have my icons-Word, Outlook, etc- in my task bar and I highlight Word, right click and select 'close all windows'

derwil
derwil

This is probably not the answer you are looking for either. In Win XP right click on the group of windows on the taskbar and select Close Group. In Win7 right click on the icon on the taskbar and select 'Close all windows'.

bruce.ott
bruce.ott

Probably not the answer you are looking for, but it is simple to add the "Close All" command icon to the Quick Access Bar. Alt FX also works or course. If a technopeasant like me can figure this one out, it's too simple minded for geeks :).

damiross
damiross

click on customize quick access toolbar (or Office button, word options, customize) Choose commands from all commands locate "close all" and add it to the ribbon

bethernet
bethernet

I agree with damiross. The "close all" command is located in "Commands Not in the Ribbon" when you're in the 'customize ribbon' dialog box.

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