Open Multiple Documents At Once

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I am a multi-tasker. I almost always have several applications open at any one time; for instance, when I am creating my newsletter! So, in the interest of saving time, I usually open all of these documents, spreadsheets, etc. all at once.

Follow the steps below to learn how:

  • Click on File | Open, or in 2007, click the Office button and Open.
  • You can also use the keyboard shortcut CTRL + O.  
  • Find the files you would like to open.  
  • If the files are contiguous, click on the first one to highlight it and then depress your Shift key and while still holding it down, click on the last item in your list.  
  • If the files are NOT contiguous, simply click on the first one and then depress your CTRL key and keep it held down while you select your other files.  
  • Once you have selected your files, click on Open.

NOTE: These files must all reside in the same folder for this method to work.

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