How to Quit Microsoft Word 2010

Just as you have many ways to start Word 2010, you can quit Word in several ways. You can quit the program outright, you can pause and start over, or you can set Word aside.

To quit Word 2010

When you're done word processing and you don't expect to return to it anytime soon, you can quit the Word program:

  1. Click the File tab.

    The Word screen is replaced by the File tab menu screen. Do not be alarmed.

  2. Choose the Exit command.

    Word vanishes from the screen.

The only time Word doesn’t vanish is during that shameful circumstance when you have unsaved documents. If so, you’re prompted to save the document. You can click one of the offered buttons:

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  • Save: Save your work and quit Word.

  • Don’t Save: Your work isn’t saved, and Word quits.

  • Cancel: Word doesn’t quit and you can continue working (but your work isn't saved).

Quit what you’re doing without quitting Word

You don't always have to quit Word. For example, if you're merely stopping work on one document to work on another, quitting Word is a waste of time. Instead, you can close the document.

To close a document in Word, click the File tab and choose the Close command or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+W. Word banishes the document from its window, but then the program sits there and waits for you to do something else, such as start working on a new document or open a document you previously saved.

There’s no need to close a document, really. In fact, you can work on a document over a period of days and keep it open (and your PC turned on) the entire time. Doesn’t hurt a thing. (You should occasionally save it to disk, though.)

Set Word aside

You don't need to quit Word if you know that you'll use it again soon. The secret is to use the Minimize button (which is the first of the three buttons in the window's upper-right corner).

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Clicking the Minimize button shrinks the Word window to the taskbar, where it exists as a button. With the Word program window out of the way, you can do other things with your computer. Then, when you're ready to word-process again, click the Word button on the taskbar to restore the Word window to the screen.

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