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Double Duty Word Shortcut

Friday, January 20th, 2006 by | Filed Under: Cool Sites

Double Duty Word Shortcut

When you start MS Word, do you find that you’re constantly wishing you’d never closed the program since you’re just going right back to the last document you opened?

Ever wish you could get Word to open that last file immediately without extra work from you?

Well, if you seem to use that same file both first thing in the morning and last thing at night, then this tip might just be the thing you’re looking to learn about.

What we’re going to do is create an additional shortcut to Word on your desktop. The only difference is that this shortcut will be different from the one you currently use. This new one will open both Word and the last document you opened with just one double-click.


Good! Then let’s get to the shortcut making process.

First, you need to locate your Winword.exe file. I found my file at this location: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office10.

Once you’ve located the file, right click and drag it to the desktop.

When you release the right mouse button, you’ll get a small menu of choices.

Choose Create Shortcuts Here.

A new Word shortcut will appear on your desktop and this is the one we will modify.

Time to right click on the new Word shortcut and choose Properties from the menu.

You’re looking for the Shortcut tab, Target field.

Add to the end of the target destination /mFile1. Be sure that you simply add this to the end, do NOT delete to original target!

To make this shortcut different from your original Word shortcut, you could click the Change Icon button to switch pictures and/or use the field at the top of the General tab to rename your shortcut.

Click OK when you’ve made your changes.

That’s it! You now have a customized Word shortcut that does double duty – it opens Word AND the last document with one quick double-click!

~ April

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