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Office solution: How to display the Close All command for ribbon users

This week, learn the solution to last week's challenge: How to close all open files in Word 2007.

Last week, we asked you to supply the pre-ribbon command, Close All, to your ribbon users. That command isn't on any of the tabs and many users miss it. Fortunately, the command's still available, via the Quick Access Toolbar (QAT). Here's how to add this command to the QAT:

  1. Click the QAT dropdown and choose More Commands.
  2. From the Choose Commands From dropdown, choose Commands Not In The Ribbon.
  3. Scroll down the list until you see Close All and highlight it.
  4. Click Add and then OK.

You can use this technique to add any favorite or pre-ribbon command to the QAT for quick access. Damiross was the first to suggest this alternative. Thanks Damiross!

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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.

4 comments
ssharkins
ssharkins

The Quick Access Toolbar is the small set of icons (toolbar) in the top-left corner of the screen, just above the ribbon. You can add options/commands to it for quick access. You can also run macros from it. It's a great tool!

Badge3832
Badge3832

I've used Word 2007 for over 3 years, but I'm not familiar with the term Quick Access Toolbar. What is it and how do I access it? [By the way, I hate the ribbon]

zimmerwoman
zimmerwoman

You can't give "ribbon" users the close all command. You can only give it to "Quck Access Toolbar" users. I have open, close, close all and several other routine tasks that aren't easily accessible on the ribbons set up there. I made a point of looking through the "commands not in ribbon" section of the customize dialog box. there are a number of useful items there. And another thing: What comes up first is a list of "popular commands" May I ask with whom they are popular. They are ones I still use from hard-coded Office 2003 application menu commands. PLEASE!!!! A little credit to your users, Microsoft. bz

ssharkins
ssharkins

How so? Most challenges can be tricky -- support personnel face it all the time. It certainly wasn't my intention to cheat anyone though.

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