Solved

Office 2016 - Switch between Word and Excel when multiple files are open

Posted on 2016-10-04
6
66 Views
Last Modified: 2016-10-05
Office 2016/Win10;

I often have a few documents open in both Word and Excel. e.g.

Word:
ProjectPlan.DOCX
FunctionalSpec.DOCX
UserNotes.DOCX

Excel:
StatusReport.XLSX
TimeSheet.XLSX
Assignment.XLSX

When I hover over (or click on) the Word icon in my taskbar, I see a thumbnail for each document; same per Excel for each workbook.

Sometimes, I am bouncing back-and-forth between one Word file (e.g. UserNotes.DOCX and StatusReport.XLSX). However, I need to click twice; once to bring up the thumbnails and once to bring up the specific file.

Is there an Office, or Windows setting that will (e.g.) remember the last open doc in Word/Excel and allow me to seamlessly toggle between the two?

Thanks,
Steve
0
Comment
Question by:Stephen Kairys
  • 3
  • 2
6 Comments
 
LVL 11

Accepted Solution

by:
Missus Miss_Sellaneus earned 500 total points
ID: 41828416
Why use the task bar? Can't you just use Alt+tab to go back to the last document you viewed?
0
 
LVL 4

Author Closing Comment

by:Stephen Kairys
ID: 41828430
Missus Miss_Sellaneus:
Talk about the solution being right under my nose! Thank you for knocking some sense into me! :)

Steve
0
 
LVL 32

Expert Comment

by:Rob Henson
ID: 41829875
In addition, Ctrl + Tab works to toggle between Excel workbooks.
0
Master Your Team's Linux and Cloud Stack!

The average business loses $13.5M per year to ineffective training (per 1,000 employees). Keep ahead of the competition and combine in-person quality with online cost and flexibility by training with Linux Academy.

 
LVL 4

Author Comment

by:Stephen Kairys
ID: 41830024
@Rob - would Ctrl + Tab work as well for Word or PowerPoint? Thanks!
0
 
LVL 32

Expert Comment

by:Rob Henson
ID: 41830229
No it doesn't unfortunately because Word and Powerpoint open new instances of the application for each document.

However, using Alt + Tab works because of that fact so you are toggling between applications.
0
 
LVL 4

Author Comment

by:Stephen Kairys
ID: 41830390
Thanks, Rob! :)
0

Featured Post

Problems using Powershell and Active Directory?

Managing Active Directory does not always have to be complicated.  If you are spending more time trying instead of doing, then it's time to look at something else. For nearly 20 years, AD admins around the world have used one tool for day-to-day AD management: Hyena. Discover why

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

In this article, I will show you HOW TO: Perform a Physical to Virtual (P2V) Conversion the easy way from a computer backup (image).
When you see single cell contains number and text, and you have to get any date out of it seems like cracking our heads.
The Task Scheduler is a powerful tool that is built into Windows. It allows you to schedule tasks (actions) on a recurring basis, such as hourly, daily, weekly, monthly, at log on, at startup, on idle, etc. This video Micro Tutorial is a brief intro…
Get a first impression of how PRTG looks and learn how it works.   This video is a short introduction to PRTG, as an initial overview or as a quick start for new PRTG users.

777 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question