by Allen Wyatt
(last updated November 29, 2014)
You already know that you can close an open workbook using any number of methods. What if you have a bunch of open workbooks and you want to close them all, however? You can do this in one swift action by holding down the Shift key as you display the File menu. Notice that when you do, there is a Close All option on the menu. Choose this, and all your workbooks are closed. You will, of course, be prompted to save changes on each open workbook, if necessary.
Note that this only works if you hold down the Shift key when displaying the File menu. If you don't, then Close All does not appear.
ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (3065) applies to Microsoft Excel 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003.
Excel Smarts for Beginners! Featuring the friendly and trusted For Dummies style, this popular guide shows beginners how to get up and running with Excel while also helping more experienced users get comfortable with the newest features. Check out Excel 2013 For Dummies today!
While password protecting a workbook does provide some security for the contents in the workbook, if you have several ...Discover More
When you create a shared workbook, you run the risk of losing some of the data in that workbook. Here's a discussion ...Discover More
All good things must come to an end at some point. When you are done sharing your workbook with others, this is how you ...Discover More
FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in ExcelTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."
Got a version of Excel that uses the menu interface (Excel 97, Excel 2000, Excel 2002, or Excel 2003)? This site is for you! If you use a later version of Excel, visit our ExcelTips site focusing on the ribbon interface.