Closing a Document in Word 2011 in Mac Without Losing the Word Screen

Posted on 2013-05-17
Last Modified: 2013-05-17
I can't seem to close a document, saved or not, in the above named program, without the program itself going away. By this I mean that when I click on the red button at the top left--the only option I see to close a document--the Word screen disappears.

I'm not sure the program itself has closed, as I can retrieve it instantly by clicking on the W icon--but in any case, there must be some way to close a document and open a new one without losing the Word screen.

Is there?

Question by:arthurboehm
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Expert Comment

ID: 39175654
To get what you call the "word screen" back after closing a document, if Word still shows as the active application in the menu bar, pull the File menu down to New Blank Document, or type Command-N.

If Word does not show as the active application in the menu bar, the Command-Tab to it first.

Also, have a look at these videos:

Mac for Switchers from a PC:

Anatomy of a Mac:

If you scroll down the page you will find other useful videos for new Mac users.

Author Comment

ID: 39175708
Thanks, Strung. But what I was aiming to do is to close one doc and open another WITHOUT losing the Word screen at all. I know how to retrieve it once it's disappeared, but is it possible to keep it while switching docs?

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ID: 39175798
I really am not sure I understand what you are trying to do. What "word screen" are you talking about? Do you mean the new blank document or the screen that says "Word Document Gallery"? And why do you want to keep it open anyway?
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Author Comment

ID: 39175857
Sorry if I wasn't clear. I'm calling the Word screen the screen that shows, upon opening, a blank page with all the controls at top--not the Word Document Gallery.

When working with earlier versions of Word--2003, 2007--and on a PC, I had the option of closing a document I've either worked on and saved, or an unworked-upon document--a blank page--WITHOUT losing the above-mentioned screen. In Word 2011 for Mac it appears that there's no way to do that.

Or is there?

I want to keep the Word-with-controls screen because--well, why should I have to reopen/retrieve the control screen every time I quit a document?

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Accepted Solution

strung earned 500 total points
ID: 39176188
If what you mean is what I am showing in the attached screen shot, the controls as you call them are attached to the document.

If you have more than one document, you have a separate set of "controls" for each document.

If you have no document open, there is nothing for them to control. So there is no purpose being served by having them appear.

You are not retrieving the control screen everytime you close a document. It appears automactically anytime you open a document or create a new document.

Author Comment

ID: 39176231
Ah! Well, this wasn't always so, strung, but I now understand the rationale for the screen's "disappearance."

Thanks again for your help.

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