Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Word 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Word, click here: Saving and Closing All Open Documents.

Saving and Closing All Open Documents

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated December 10, 2011)

In earlier versions of Word (Word 6 and Word 95), the File menu contained a Save All command, which was very helpful for saving all of your open Word documents in a single step. Beginning with Word 97, however, the Save All command was removed from the menu.

This left many people in a quandary—if you are working with a lot of documents at one time, how do you go about closing or saving all your documents? You could, if desired, simply exit Word. In the process, any open documents that are unchanged are closed and you are prompted about saving any that have changes. (The same goes if you select all the documents on the Windows Taskbar, right-click, and choose the command to close the tasks.)

Fortunately, there is a better and easier way. All you need to do is hold down the Shift key as you click on the File menu. The result is that the Save command changes to Save All and the Close command changes to Close All. Select one of these options and you can either save or close every open document you have, without the necessity of exiting Word.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (1106) applies to Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Word (Word 2007 and later) here: Saving and Closing All Open Documents.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

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. ...

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