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    Opening Documents (Word 2000)

    When I open an existing document in Word (or any other Office program for that matter), then decide to open a second file in that same directory (File, Open), the dialog box listing the files always starts from the first document in the directory. Is there any way it can be set to open to the last document opened instead?

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    Re: Opening Documents (Word 2000)

    I've read and re-read your request and can't figure out what you're asking. But I'd love to answer intelligently. Could you re-phrase the question?

    You are saying you want the open dialog to open "to the last document opened". Huh?

    Don't forget, you've got a recents list, and you can sort the dialog file display any number of ways. Is that what you want?
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    Re: Opening Documents (Word 2000)

    I"ll try to make myself more clear. Example: I open a file named "Title". I've completed my edits, and now I want to work on a file, in the same directory, named "Victory". So, I do a File, Open, and it takes me back to the first file in the directory named "Active", thus making me move all the way through the directory to find "Victory". Since the previous file I opened was named "Title", is there any way to set it up so that when I click on File, Open, it goes to the most recent filed opened, i.e. "Title" so that I don't have to move through the entire directory to find "Victory"?

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    Re: Opening Documents (Word 2000)

    Ok, I get it now. I'm pretty sure there is no way to do this. You could get something like that by writing a little VBA code. You have to trap the open dialog and provide a search criteria when invoked. Something like this:

    Sub FileOpen
    With dialogs(wdDialogFileOpen)
    .name = left$(activedocument.name,1)
    .show
    end with
    End Sub

    This has its problems, though, as you'll discover if you try it.

    You might just want to type the V (for Victory) then press [Enter] to get the display to "jump" to the "v" listings.
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    Re: Opening Documents (Word 2000)

    O.K. Thanks for all your help.

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    Re: Opening Documents (Word 2000)

    You could use Ctrl+O which will keep you in the same directory. (We recently installed Office2000 and it is a real annoyance in Word2000 - one of many.)

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    Re: Opening Documents (Word 2000)

    I do use Ctrl + O or Ctrl + F2. Yes, it opens in the same directory. That's not the problem. I want it to open not only in the same directory, but with the last file I opened highlighted so I can open the one after it if that is what I'm wanting to do instead of always opening at the first document on the list. Thanks anyway for trying to help. Have a great weekend!

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    Re: Opening Documents (Word 2000)

    If I'm reading your question right, do you want the list to be in order of date last edited, with the most recently edited first? If so, yes, there is an easy way to do it -

    In the open dialog box choose the details view (one of the four buttons on the right of the window) then click on the 'last modified' column heading. This will change the listing to date order, either last first or first first, if it's first first click it again to make it last first. This order will then stick no matter which view you use, so if you later want to change back to alphabetical or whatever you have to repeat the above instructions.

    If, however, you want to keep the alphabetical order and just have the cursor rest on the last opened, I haven't the faintest idea how to do it!
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    Re: Opening Documents (Word 2000)

    Actually, on rereading your posts, you want to be able to open all the documents in a directory one by one without having to move down the list one further each time to get the next one?

    If that's the case, I've thought of a way you can do it - use the procedure in my last post but set the order to date modified with the document with the oldest date first.

    Then, each time you edit a document it will move to the end of the list because it's date modified has just changed, and the first document on the list will be the one you want next.

    Does this help?
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    Re: Opening Documents (Word 2000)

    Thanks for your response. Unfortunately, I want to do as you said in your last paragraph, "keep the alphabetical order and just have the cursor rest on the last opened item". There just doesn't seem to be any way to do this, but I thank you so much for trying.

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