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    Add a File Name to a Custom Menu (97 sr2)

    I created a custom menu in Word and I want to have files I frequently use listed in the menu. How can I do that?? I'm talking maybe 15 files.

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    Re: Add a File Name to a Custom Menu (97 sr2)

    Hi mmcmanis,

    There is a built-in menu that was created for this purpose. However it is limited to 9 entries. But if interested:

    1. Right-click any toolbar and select Customize
    2. On the Commands tab scroll down and locate the Built-in menus category
    3. Drag/Drop the Work menu from the Commands to a location of your choice

    Although there is an "Add to Work Menu" command that you can use to add a shortcut for the active document, there isn't a "Remove from Work Menu" command.

    However you can use a keyboard shortcut that will remove menu items:
    * Press <Ctrl Alt Hyphen> (mouse pointer will change to a minus sign)
    * Open the Work menu and click the item you wish to remove

    Note that this command will remove any menu item - not just those found under the Work menu.

    To make the removal command easy to remember I modified the Name of the WorkAdd To Work Menu command to include the shortcut so I wouldn't forget. If interested in doing the same, open the Tools/Customize dialog box, right-click the command under the Work menu and add the text to the Name.

    Or you can easily add the "Tools Customize Remove Menu Shortcut" command to the menu:
    Press <Ctrl Alt =>, then <Ctrl Alt ->

    This will add the command to the bottom of he Tools menu and from there you can drag it to the Work menu with the Customize Toolbars dialog box open. (Right-click any toolbar and select Customize)

    Note that <Ctrl Alt => (ToolsCustomizeAddMenuShortcut) will the next command you issue to it's appropriate menu (if there is one of course! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>)

    If that will not fulfill your needs, then create a series of macros that can be added to your menu using the following code:

    Documents.Open FileName:="CocumentPathFileName.doc"
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    Re: Add a File Name to a Custom Menu (97 sr2)

    I forgot about the Work menu. Thanks. That might suffice for now. I was intrigued with your solution to adding a Remove Item on the Work Menu so you could delete an item. But, I don't understand what <Ctrl is...

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    Re: Add a File Name to a Custom Menu (97 sr2)

    What I meant by: Press <Ctrl Alt =>, then <Ctrl Alt -> they are keyboard shortcuts.

    If you are still unsure:
    - On the keyboard locate one of the keys labeled "Ctrl" (They should be located below the <Shift> keys)
    - Once located, press and hold the key down
    - While still holding the <Ctrl> key, locate either <Alt> key (They should be located on either side of the space bar)
    - While still holding <Ctrl> also press and hold the <Alt>
    - Then tap the = (equals sign, should be a couple keys to the left of the <Backspace> key in top row)
    - Your mouse pointer will look like a Plus sign.

    This means that you have invoked the ToolsCustomizeAddMenuShortcut command and the next command you issue will be added to its appropriate menu.

    Now, hold the same <Ctrl> and <Alt> keys as before, but this time tap the hyphen ( - next to the equals sign). You may briefy see the mouse change to a minus sign.

    Click the Tools menu and you should see the Tools Customize Remove Menu Shortcut listed at the bottom. To move it to the appropriate menu:

    - Right-click any toolbar and select Customize
    - Click the Tools menu to open it
    - Click and hold the "Tools Customize..." command
    - Drag it to the Work menu (do not release the 'click')
    - Allow the Work menu to drop open and drag down the menu until the command is in the location of your choice. (Don't worry about the missing shortcuts, these will reappear when the Customize dialog box is closed)

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    Re: Add a File Name to a Custom Menu (97 sr2)

    Oh my goodness! I just realized, by reading this that my printer didn't recognize the <> characters, and I was reading this from a printed copy. I know how to use Ctl and Alt keys, but it's the symbol that printed front of those keys that threw me (the printer inserted a strange character string). Thanks for your help! Sorry for the confusion. You must've thought you were dealing with a real newbie here!

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    Re: Add a File Name to a Custom Menu (97 sr2)

    I used your shortcuts and added the Remove to the Work menu, and it works beautifully! Thanks so much. And, sorry once again for the confusion.

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    Re: Add a File Name to a Custom Menu (97 sr2)

    I use a PC, but many times I type my response in Word and copy/paste it into a new message. (I have some AutoText entries setup that I use for standard answers/questions. <img src=/S/hushmouth.gif border=0 alt=hushmouth width=16 height=16> )

    Perhaps the < character didn't convert properly?? <img src=/S/scratch.gif border=0 alt=scratch width=25 height=29>

    <<You must've thought you were dealing with a real newbie here! >>

    I didn't think so since I recalled reading your posts in the past, but just to be on the safe side... <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    Glad you got it to work. FWIW, the "ToolsCustomizeRemove..." command can be found under the All Commands category, but the shortcuts save several mouse clicks and a bit of scrolling. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Add a File Name to a Custom Menu (97 sr2)

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