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    Is it me or is it The Answer Wizard? (Word XP)

    I was curious about Word's File, CloseAll command, and decided to use TAW.
    I can't get it to work at all, at all.

    I started off as a "dumb user", and typed "How can I close all my documents at once?", without quotes.
    I got some really weird results, none of which seemed remotely concerned with Close, let alone CloseAll. (see image).

    I gradually dumbed-down my question until I was at "File CloseAll"
    Same deal; nothing about close, let alone CloseAll.

    Have I misunderstood the concept of The Answer Wizard?

    Is anyone out there using it successfully?

    Is there a secret handshake, or something?

    I hate being the last one to know, again.

    A search of the Word forum turned up three posts, mostly me playing around with lots of files, years ago: <post#=260515>post 260515</post#> <post#=222136>post 222136</post#> <post#=24131>post 24131</post#>
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    Re: Is it me or is it The Answer Wizard? (Word XP)

    Sometimes the Answer Wizard can be used to get help on something that cannot (easily) be found using the help Index, but it's very much a hit-and-miss thing. Microsoft seems to make it harder with each new Office version to search the help files.

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    Re: Is it me or is it The Answer Wizard? (Word XP)

    Thanks, Hans. I think my cat is smarter than the Answer Wizard.

    I tried "File Close" and got useless information on email signatures. That's not "Close"; it's not even close!

    (sigh!)

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    Re: Is it me or is it The Answer Wizard? (Word XP)

    For some more fun, try the "Search on Web" option. The answer is no closer.

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    Re: Is it me or is it The Answer Wizard? (Word XP)

    > The answer is no closer

    Good one!

    "File Close" got me as far as "Transforming XML files with XSLT in Access".

    I can understand the odd quirk in MSWord, but how did they let this thing out of the gate?

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    Re: Is it me or is it The Answer Wizard? (Word XP)

    I thought I'd delve into this too, and have come to the conclusion that Word does not have Help on how to CLOSE a document! The closest I came to finding out how to do something on multiple doc's was the save as command. The Note: tells you to use SHIFT! There is info on Open, save, print and create...but no close!!!
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    Re: Is it me or is it The Answer Wizard? (Word XP)

    > The closest I came to finding

    Thanks, Rudi. It's good to have closure.

    I kid you not - when I run into this I start thinking I've gone mad. Have I typed in the question back-to-front? Upside down? In Hebrew? Then I start wondering about the typical 80-year old widow who has bought a computer because she can't find a store that sells typewriters. How is she coping?

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    Re: Is it me or is it The Answer Wizard? (Word XP)

    My mother, who may or may not be typical, but is an 81-year-old widow, uses her computer to play word games. This avoids the whole Answer Wizard issue altogether.

    I have sent tons of "feedback" to MSFT regarding their (to me, anyway) totally enigmatic Help system. Perhaps, like Intellisense, the Wizard is answering the question we really *should* have asked?

    BTW Chris, I LOVED your pictures of Jupiter. I wasn't actually depressed, but I looked anyway. Windows Media Player wouldn't play any of the movies (best I could get was a persistent "connecting" at the bottom). But no matter, J is a magnificent beast.

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    Re: Is it me or is it The Answer Wizard? (Word XP)

    > My mother, who may or may not be typical,
    She had you. She's marvellous. Tell her I said so.

    > play word games. This avoids the whole Answer Wizard
    I'm puzzled.
    I thought we had already established that there's no difference between "Answer Wizard" and "word games"?

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    Re: Is it me or is it The Answer Wizard? (Word XP)

    >She had you. She's marvellous. Tell her I said so.
    You are too kind. And completely accurate - she's marvelous.

    > I thought we had already established that there's no difference between "Answer Wizard" and "word games"?
    But in her word games, *she* supplies the answers. Perhaps she could become an Answer Wizard herself, in her sunset years? Her answers couldn't possibly be any less valid than some I've gotten from MSFT. And many of them would include chocolate chip cookies.

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    Re: Is it me or is it The Answer Wizard? (Word XP)

    > Sometimes the Answer Wizard can be used to get help on something that cannot (easily) be found using the help Index

    Please forgive me, Hans. I've been so wrapped up in the digital approach to my cat that the meaning of your response escaped me. Twenty-four hours later I understand your response as you originally intended it to be read. (grin)

    The Answer Wizard is a sort of randomizing thing; those of us clever enough to know a lot of stuff can turn to The Answer Wizard, type in what we know, or at least, what we think we ought to know by now, and be presented with a plethora of information on stuff we didn't even know existed in Word.

    Rather like reading threads in a different forum, right?

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    Re: Is it me or is it The Answer Wizard? (Word XP)

    > would include chocolate chip cookies.

    Avoiding the obvious trap here, I got to thinking about the coffee-hour after church on Sunday.
    I Typed in a question for the Answer Wizard, got an appropriate response.

    It works. It really does work!
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    Re: Is it me or is it The Answer Wizard? (Word XP)

    Then don't upgrade to 2003!

    I ran your query in the (inadequate) 2003 Help Pane and got 20 results - not one of which included anything about a calendar, let alone schedules. Not to be deterred, I simplified your query to "Will I sing on Sunday?" and got the same 20 hits. When I simplified further - "Sing on Sunday" - I stumped the Wizard. Not a single hit. Hmmm.

    So I put your question to Outlook 2003 and got 20 more hits - the top one about time zones and not a single one about scheduling a meeting. Separation of Church and Gates?

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    Re: Is it me or is it The Answer Wizard? (Word XP)

    > I simplified your query to "Will I sing on Sunday?
    I've heard you sing, and can answer your question (grin).

    "What use is The Answer Wizard?"
    "Why should I use The Answer Wizard?"
    "What idiot dreamed up The Answer Wizard?"

    (Note to Moderator: can we move this thread to the Games Forum please? (grin!))

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