Tuesday Tech Tip: Last Opened Document Shortcut

Word logoThis week’s tip comes to us courtesy of How To Geek:

More often than not I find myself running Word and then just opening the document that I was last working on. Well, it turns out that you can create a desktop shortcut that will do both steps for you. Basically the shortcut command is the following:

“C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office15\WINWORD.EXE”  /mfile1

However, depending on your version of Word and where it might be installed on your computer, the command’s path may be different. To make sure you’ve got everything right, I suggest following the step-by-step instructions in the How To Geek post.

Also, I haven’t tested it, but I’m assuming that the same /mfile1 switch would work for other Office programs such as Excel and PowerPoint. If anyone tries it please let me know how it works out.

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Michael Sauers

Michael Sauers is currently the Technology Innovation Librarian for the Nebraska Library Commission in Lincoln, Nebraska and has been training librarians in technology for more than 15 years. He has also been a public library trustee, a bookstore manager for a library friends group, a reference librarian, serials cataloger, technology consultant, and bookseller. He earned his MLS in 1995 from the University at Albany’s School of Information Science and Policy. Michael’s twelfth book, Google Search Secrets (w/ Christa Burns) was published October 2013 and has two more books on the way. He has also written dozens of articles for various journals and magazines. In his spare time he blogs at travelinlibrarian.info, runs Web sites for authors and historical societies, takes many, many photos, and reads more than 100 books a year.

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