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Quick change trick displays optional All items

The File menu in most Office applications offers a Save and Close command -- and you probably use them often. But not everyone knows that most of the Office applications also offer Save All and Close All commands. Here's the trick to finding them.

The File menu in most Office applications offers a Save and Close command. They're self-explanatory and you probably use them often. What you might not know is that most of the Office applications also offer Save All and Close All commands. They're just not on the default File menu.

To access Save All and Close All, simply hold down the [Shift] key when you open the File menu. Doing so changes the Save and Close commands to Save All and Close All. These commands let you save and close files in bulk without initiating the task from the menu.

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Excel offers only a Close All command — there's no Save All command. Access is the exception to the rule, as it offers no All options.

I'm unable to determine if any of the 2007 applications still support All commands. I can't find any reference to them.

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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.

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