Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
When you try to close a document before it has been saved, Word displays a warning dialog
editing, click the Cancel button and get back to work.
There’s no need to close a document, really. In fact, I work on a document over a
period of days and keep it open (and my PC turned on) the entire time — doesn’t hurt a thing. (I
occasionally save it to disk, which is important.)
See Chapter 8 for more information about starting a new document.
The keyboard shortcut for the Close command is Ctrl+W. This command may seem weird, but
it’s used to close documents in many programs.
To swiftly start up a new, blank document in Word, press Ctrl+N.
Setting Word aside
There’s no need to quit Word if you know that you will use it again soon. In fact, I’ve been known to
keep Word open and running on my computer for weeks at a time. The secret is to use the Minimize
button, found in the upper-right corner of the screen (refer to Figure 1-2 ).
Clicking the Minimize button shrinks the Word window to the taskbar, where it exists as a button.
With the Word program window out of the way, you can do other things with your computer. Then
when you’re ready to word-process again, click the Word button on the taskbar to restore the Word
window to the screen.