Got a version of Word that uses the menu interface (Word 97, Word 2000, Word 2002, or Word 2003)? This site is for you! If you use a later version of Word, visit our WordTips site focusing on the ribbon interface.
With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company.
Learn more about Allen...
If you upgraded from Word 97 to a later version of Word, you may have noticed that the program includes many different changes to the ways that tasks used to be accomplished. One change is that the Alt+F4 shortcut no longer closes all documents and exits Word. Instead, it only closes the document on which you are currently working; other documents remain open.
If you want to accomplish the same thing in Word 2000 or later versions, you can hold down the Shift key as you select Exit from the File menu. This obviously isn't as fast as it used to be (pressing Alt+F4 is quicker), but it still gets you out of all your documents. If you instead want to customize Word so it works as it used to in Word 97, follow these steps:
Figure 1. The Customize dialog box.
Figure 2. The Customize Keyboard dialog box.
WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (643) applies to Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003.
Do More in Less Time! Are you ready to harness the full power of Word 2013 to create professional documents? In this comprehensive guide you'll learn the skills and techniques for efficiently building the documents you need for your professional and your personal life. Check out Word 2013 In Depth today!