For Seniors: How to Close out of a Computer Program

When you’re done working with a particular computer program, such as Word or Excel, you’ll want to close it. Of course, you need to save any open documents before you close the application.

You can then close the application by using one of these methods:

  • Click the Close button in the upper-right corner of the window.

  • Click Alt+F4 to close an active open window.

  • Choose File (or application button)→Exit.

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The application closes. If you haven’t saved changes in any open documents before trying to close the application, you see a dialog box asking whether you want to save the document(s). Click Save or Don’t Save, depending on whether you want to save your changes.

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To save a document before closing an application, choose File→Save and use settings in the Save dialog box (that appears) to name the file and also specify which folder to save it to.

Note that choosing File→Exit closes all open documents in an application. Choose File→Close to close only the currently active document and keep the application and any other open documents open.

You don’t have to close an application to open or switch to another. To switch between open applications, press Alt+Tab and use the arrow keys to move to the application (or document if multiple documents are open in an application) in which you want to work.

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