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    closing several windows on taskbar at once

    Is there a quick way to close several windows at once on a task bar?
    see attachment for illustration as to what l mean.
    I would like to close all those tasks highlighed by red at once rather than one at a time.

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    Re: closing several windows on taskbar at once

    In the particular example that you show, all the windows you want to close are from Word, so simply exiting the Word application will do what you want.

    I don't think there is a general solution to closing a random collection of windows.

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    Re: closing several windows on taskbar at once

    Thats exactly what l need.

    Many thanks indeed.

    Justin.

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    Re: closing several windows on taskbar at once

    Thanks, I love this place because I learn something new every day.

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    Re: closing several windows on taskbar at once

    Me too !!! <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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    Re: closing several windows on taskbar at once

    Hey that IS a great tip - thanks Doc! However, although it didn't happen with the previous two fellas, I did it like one would do file selection with the Control key and it didn't work. You have to continue holding down on the Control key while you right-click to get that "Close Group" menu item. This really is a nice find. I'm using XP Pro - do you remember if it works in other versions of the OS?

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    Re: closing several windows on taskbar at once

    I think it's pretty general Al. I've used it routinely since '95, now 98SE and I've probably used it on other Windows O/Ss too.

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    Re: closing several windows on taskbar at once

    Like I said to Stuart, "Me Too !!!". I Googled that one up. <img src=/S/blush.gif border=0 alt=blush width=15 height=15> The reference was for Windows ME, but I figured if it works with ME it should work with all the others too.
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    Re: closing several windows on taskbar at once

    WOW --- I can't believe I never thought of EVER doing that!! I use CTRL and click daily in all applications, but that I never thought of doing this to control the windows themselves.....????

    Thanx for this tip Doc...amazing!!
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    Re: closing several windows on taskbar at once

    Ready for another top tip from the same concept.

    The trick above does not work on folders that are open!!!


    But it DOES work if you use Alt+Ctrl and multi-click <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: closing several windows on taskbar at once

    Your a star! <img src=/S/kiss.gif border=0 alt=kiss width=34 height=15>
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    Re: closing several windows on taskbar at once

    I'm sure I'm dense, but what exactly do you mean by 'folders that are open'? On my PC (Windows XP SP-2), I can select multiple folder windows the same way as any other items listed in the Windows task bar, by Ctrl+clicking them. What am I missing?

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    Re: closing several windows on taskbar at once

    <img src=/S/hmmn.gif border=0 alt=hmmn width=15 height=15>

    Me the gullible. Shall I wait for his answer and maybe convert the star into a white dwarf??? <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15>
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    Re: closing several windows on taskbar at once

    Hans

    I am now back on my 2000 machine. I sometimes have a few folders open and minimised on the Task Bar. On my win 2000 PC the above trick work(just ctrl). For some reason on my XP laptop it would not. It did work when I used the ctrl+alt option, don't ask me why it just did <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>
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    Re: closing several windows on taskbar at once

    Jerry,

    I was aware of the CTRL+right click going back to previous versions of windows (don't recall how far) and it works on any button/task including folders. However, on my laptop XP, I think the menu has changed slightly. See attached screen shot - I think it used to say just "Close" and I don't recall there being a "Minimize". I hardly use this but probably should do so more (eg, right now I have 9 windows open).

    Fred

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