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Microsoft Word: How to open multiple documents at once?

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  1. Bonecrusher123

    Bonecrusher123 Thread Starter

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    hey guys, i've got like 7 documents i need to look at. i was wondering if it's possible for me to open all of them at once instead of opening them individually?

    thanks
     
  2. DaveA

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    If you were to select them ALL from within Windows Explorer (My Documents) and then right click and select Open, they would start loading. This can also be done within the File, Open pane.

    Remember that once you select the first file, hold the "Shift key" will select the whole group with the second click.
    Or, the "Ctrl key" and you can select any other file(s) on each additional click.
     
  3. Bonecrusher123

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    yah but what happens when the files are located in different folders?
     
  4. Keebellah

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    You could make a folder with shortcuts to all the different files and open the shortcuts, then these will take care of the folder problem.
    An alternative is record your own macro to do that.
     
  5. Bonecrusher123

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    how do i record my own macro?
     
  6. Keebellah

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    Have you tried the < F1 > key, it's HELP
     
  7. Bonecrusher123

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    well i was just asking.

    so there's no way for me to open 6 documents at once? on mac osx it's there called 'resume' so you can get up and running ASAP.
     
  8. Keebellah

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    The below code is the result of a recorded macro, I cannot explain it simpler:

    Code:
    Option Explicit
    
    Sub OpenMultipleDocs()
    '
    ' OpenMultipleDocs Macro
    '
    '
    
        ChangeFileOpenDirectory "[COLOR="Red"]<your full path to the files here>[/COLOR]\"
        Documents.Open FileName:="[COLOR="red"]Color Functions In Excel.doc[/COLOR]", _
            ConfirmConversions:=False, ReadOnly:=False, AddToRecentFiles:=False, _
            PasswordDocument:="", PasswordTemplate:="", Revert:=False, _
            WritePasswordDocument:="", WritePasswordTemplate:="", Format:= _
            wdOpenFormatAuto, XMLTransform:=""
        Documents.Open FileName:= _
            [COLOR="red"]"Rename the User Profile folder using Windows Explorer.doc[/COLOR]", _
            ConfirmConversions:=False, ReadOnly:=False, AddToRecentFiles:=False, _
            PasswordDocument:="", PasswordTemplate:="", Revert:=False, _
            WritePasswordDocument:="", WritePasswordTemplate:="", Format:= _
            wdOpenFormatAuto, XMLTransform:=""
        Documents.Open FileName:= _
            "[COLOR="red"]The unofficial guide to installing iTunes 10 without bloatware.doc[/COLOR]", _
            ConfirmConversions:=False, ReadOnly:=False, AddToRecentFiles:=False, _
            PasswordDocument:="", PasswordTemplate:="", Revert:=False, _
            WritePasswordDocument:="", WritePasswordTemplate:="", Format:= _
            wdOpenFormatAuto, XMLTransform:=""
        Documents.Open FileName:="[COLOR="red"]Upgrade Windows 7.doc[/COLOR]", ConfirmConversions:= _
            False, ReadOnly:=False, AddToRecentFiles:=False, PasswordDocument:="", _
            PasswordTemplate:="", Revert:=False, WritePasswordDocument:="", _
            WritePasswordTemplate:="", Format:=wdOpenFormatAuto, XMLTransform:=""
        Documents.Open FileName[COLOR="red"]:="vbscript_reference.doc[/COLOR]", ConfirmConversions:= _
            False, ReadOnly:=False, AddToRecentFiles:=False, PasswordDocument:="", _
            PasswordTemplate:="", Revert:=False, WritePasswordDocument:="", _
            WritePasswordTemplate:="", Format:=wdOpenFormatAuto, XMLTransform:=""
        Windows("Color Functions In Excel [Compatibility Mode]").Activate
    End Sub
    
    This will open the docuemens selected from the indicated filepath

    It's just a question of editting to either porgram a full list of files you need opened or a promt for a path and a file or more files to select them

    I hope this gives you something to work on.

    I don't know if the MAC version is much differnt when it comes down to VBA but that you will know better
     
  9. Squashman

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    You could hard code it with a batch file if they are the same documents.

    Code:
    start "" winword "C:\Users\TempUser\Documents\home\doc1.doc"
    start "" winword "C:\Users\TempUser\Documents\work\doc2.doc"
     
  10. Bonecrusher123

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    ok, this looks simple. where do i enter the code?
     
  11. Keebellah

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    Ever heard of MS-Dos batch files?
     
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