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Keep Track of Open Documents in Word 2002

By default, when you start Microsoft Word 2002, each document you create or open appears in a separate window and a button is added to the Microsoft Windows® taskbar.

Multiple buttons represent each open Word document

1  Each document is represented by a button on the taskbar.


If you prefer to see only a single window and a single button on the Windows taskbar, as in the following example,

Single button on taskbar shows active document only

you can clear the Windows in Taskbar check box on the View tab of the Options dialog box (on the Tools menu, click Options).

Note   This check box is not available if you use Microsoft Windows NT® 4.0.

Managing multiple documents in Word

To quickly switch from one open document to another

To go through all open documents one at a time

To restore, move, size, minimize, maximize, or close a document

To view all open documents at the same time

If you are upgrading from a previous version of Microsoft Office

If you are upgrading from a previous version of Office, you may be wondering if you are starting a new session of Word each time you open or create a new document. Office programs do not start new sessions when you open another file, so you don't have to worry about your computer running out of memory.


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