How to Close a Word 2010 Document

By Dan Gookin

Closing a Word 2010 document when you’re finished working with it is simple. When you’re done writing a Word document, you just need to do the electronic equivalent of putting it away. That electronic equivalent is the Close command:

1Choose the Close command from the File tab menu.

Alternatively, you can use the handy Ctrl+W keyboard shortcut. If you haven’t saved your document recently, Word prompts you to save before you close. When the document has been saved, closing it simply removes it from view — you’re done!

2If your document needs to be saved, click the Yes button in the prompt that appears.

If you haven’t ever saved the document yet — shame on you! — you see the Save As dialog box.

3If the Save As dialog box appears, type a name for your document in the File Name text box.

Word automatically selects the first line or first several words of your document as a filename and puts it in the Save dialog box. If that’s okay, you can move to Step 4. Otherwise, type a name in the File Name box.

4(Optional) Choose a location for your file.

Use the various gizmos in the Save As dialog box to choose a specific folder for your document.

5Click the Save button.

The file is now safely stored in the PC’s storage system.