Closing Multiple Files

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated March 16, 2020)

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While you are working on multiple workbooks, you may also be wondering how you can quickly close all of them, without exiting Excel. The easy way to do this is to hold down the Shift key as you click on the File menu. When you do this, the Close command (which closes a single workbook) instead becomes Close All (which closes all your open workbooks).

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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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What is 3 + 7?

2015-07-04 06:38:15

Ian Daniel

I just use Alt + F4 to close all workbooks.


2015-07-04 05:52:25

Gary

Hello anybody,
Is they a shortcut to do this in later versions Office 2010 & 2013

Shift >Click on the task bar opens a new document,
Shift >File >Close only closes the single document not all Word or Excel doc's
Thanks
Gary


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