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Windows 7: How to delete the current document in Word 2010?

17 May 2013   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
How to delete the current document in Word 2010?

Is there a mechanism in Word 2010 (and also Excel, perhaps) which allows me to DELETE the document I'm currently viewing?

I'd imagine it would be under the "File" menu if it existed, but I've not found it so far.

An example of its use: I prepared a document of things to take to a reunion. My PC was still on when I got home, displaying the list (which I'd saved, as I went along). I didn't know what I'd called the document, and I wasn't certain where I'd filed it, but I know I wanted to delete it.

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17 May 2013   #2

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Of course you can't delete open files!
But you can hover over file->open to see the last files you opened. Open the one you want. Do a fake "save as" to see the folder it's in.

Now you know the file name and location, so delete it in windows file explorer
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17 May 2013   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Well, if a delete function were available, it would have to close the file first, but that's just a SMOP (simple matter of programming).
Since there isn't such a function, I'll just carry on as before.

Thanks for the suggestions on finding the name and folder.
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18 May 2013   #4
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Windows 7 Ultimate x64

File Management really is a Windows Function. The Windows Application Programming standard is to leave file management to the OS. At most you would call a Windows API to let Windows handle it. By doing this there is a constant way to manage file across all applications. If Ever user App had it's own file manger built in then you would have to learn a lot of different ways. This was an issue with DOS apps before Windows. This would also make applications harder to maintain since you would have to update the file manager for every version of OS.
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