Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, Word in Microsoft 365, and 2021. If you are using an earlier version (Word 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Word, click here: Saving All Open Documents.

Saving All Open Documents

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated April 30, 2022)

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Word allows you to open multiple documents at the same time. You can even view all of these documents at the same time. This makes it very easy to work on several files at once. After a long editing session, it is hard to remember which files you have changed and which you haven't.

One solution to this problem is to add a "save all" command to your Quick Access Toolbar. Follow these steps:

  1. Display the Word Options dialog box. (In Word 2007 click the Office button and then click Word Options. In Word 2010 and later versions, display the File tab of the ribbon and then click Options.)
  2. At the left of the dialog box click Customize (Word 2007) or Quick Access Toolbar (later versions of Word). (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. The Quick Access Toolbar portion of the Word Options dialog box.

  4. Using the Choose Commands From drop-down list, choose All Commands.
  5. In the list of commands find and select Save All.
  6. Click the Add button. The command moves to the right side of the screen.
  7. Click OK.

Now, whenever you want to save all your open documents, click the Save All tool and the job is done, fast and simple.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (2561) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, Word in Microsoft 365, and 2021. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Saving All Open Documents.

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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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2022-05-03 22:57:41

Tomek

Beware that sometimes when you open multiple documents they may actually open in separate instances of Word. In such case one instance is not aware of the documents open in other instances. This happens primarily when you open the documents by selecting several of them in File Explorer and then either press enter or right click on one of the selected files and chose Open. In such case SaveAll will only save the documents in the particular instance of Word, but not in the others.

Update: This issue/bug has recently disappeared from my computer, probably as an effect of an update of either Office or Windows (365 Family under Win 10 Pro). I just renewed the subscription to the Office. But it still may exist on some computers that were not updated. the issue was not specific to just this one computer. It was also that way on several computers I used at work with the Enterprise versions of Office and Win10 Pro..


2022-05-03 16:06:35

April Ellis

This is beautiful! Thank you!


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