- Recovering More of Your Work with a Shorter AutoRecover Interval
- Automatically Saving Your Work Frequently
- Closing a Document Without Saving
- Closing All Your Open Documents
- Making Backups as You Work
- Showing More Items on the Recent Documents List
- Opening the Most Recently Used Document at Startup
- Clearing the Recent Documents List
- Creating and Opening Document Workspaces
- Automatically Prompting for Document Properties
- Creating a Trusted Location for Documents
- Viewing Total Editing Time Updated in Real-Time
- Calculating Billable Time Charges
- Locking Document Formatting
- Preventing Untracked Changes
- Setting Up a Document for Structured Editing
- Inspecting a Document for Personal Information
- Viewing Two Documents Side by Side
- Updating All Fields Automatically
Closing a Document Without Saving
It's occasionally convenient to close a document without saving your changes. For example, you might create a new document to use as a scratch pad or to test out a new feature. Similarly, you might open an existing document, make some temporary changes, and then close the document without saving those changes. In each case, when you choose Office, Close, Word asks if you want to save the document. This not only slows you down by requiring an extra step that you don't need, but there's also the real danger that you might click Yes by accident.
To work around these problems, I use a macro that automatically closes a document without saving any changes and without prompting to save changes. Listing 3.2 shows the macro.
Listing 3.2. A Macro That Closes a Document Without Saving Changes
Sub CloseWithoutSaving() ActiveDocument.Close SaveChanges:=wdDoNotSaveChanges End Sub
As you can see, this is a simple procedure that runs only the ActiveDocument object's Close method with the SaveChanges argument set to the constant value wdDoNotSaveChanges.
A more involved example is shown in Listing 3.3.
Listing 3.3. A Macro That Closes a Document Without Saving Changes and Then Reopens the Document
Sub CloseAndReopen() Dim currDoc As String, nState As Integer Dim nLeft As Integer, nTop As Integer Dim nWidth As Integer, nHeight As Integer ' ' Preserve the window position and dimensions ' With ActiveWindow nState = .WindowState nLeft = .Left nTop = .Top nWidth = .Width nHeight = .Height End With ' ' Close it without saving changes ' With ActiveDocument currDoc = .FullName .Close SaveChanges:=wdDoNotSaveChanges End With ' ' Reopen the document ' Documents.Open currDoc ' ' Restore the window ' With ActiveWindow .WindowState = nState If Not .WindowState = wdWindowStateMaximize Then .Left = nLeft .Top = nTop .Width = nWidth .Height = nHeight End If End With End Sub
This macro first uses various properties of the ActiveWindow object to save the document's current window state, position, and dimensions. Then the code saves the document's full path name (as given by the FullName property), and the document is closed without saving changes. The Open method reopens the document, and then the window is restored to its former state, position, and dimensions.