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    Open dialog box, Word XP (Word XP)

    I was just upgraded to Word XP (came preinstalled on my new computer) and was unpleasantly surprised by the open document dialog box: In Word 2000 (and 97), when I entered the beginning of the document title, e.g., Smith, my latest Smith document title would show up (as it does in Word XP), but I was able to backspace to "Smith" and thereby trigger a list of all "Smith" Word documents of mine in the open dialog box. Now, only the most recent Smith document is displayed, and I have to take the further, much more time consuming step, of performing a search for "Smith" within the open dialog box. Is there a way to use the simpler "Smith" non-search list command I had been using for several years?

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    Re: Open dialog box, Word XP (Word XP)

    I don't have XP, but have you tried pressing <enter> after backspacing? That's how it it worked in earlier versions.

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    Re: Open dialog box, Word XP (Word XP)

    Thanks for responding, but you got to the core of my problem: I was able to do exactly what you suggested in Word 2000/97, but this no longer works with XP.

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    Re: Open dialog box, Word XP (Word XP)

    Don't you just hate it when they take something that works & then "improve" it. I still prefer the Find/Replace box from Word 6 & 7 when you didn't have to click "more" to get other options. <img src=/S/aflame.gif border=0 alt=aflame width=15 height=15> I'm sure that the people who design 'em don't have to use 'em. <img src=/S/hairout.gif border=0 alt=hairout width=31 height=23>

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    Re: Open dialog box, Word XP (Word XP)

    Try adding the wildcard character * as the last letter of your filename; then press [Enter]. That works fine in XP.
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    Re: Open dialog box, Word XP (Word XP)

    Thank you so much! That worked instantly.

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    Re: Open dialog box, Word XP (Word XP)

    Phil

    I think the problem is the make-up of the Test Panel <img src=/S/innocent.gif border=0 alt=innocent width=20 height=20> - which may have found the up-front Find/Replace options in Word 6 & 7 "too confusing". After all, the whole SDI interface saga with Word 2000 was in response to "customer demand" - no matter how much griping went on at the beta stage!
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    Re: Open dialog box, Word XP (Word XP)

    I agree. Word is "novice friendly" to attract new customers, rather than "user friendly". <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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