Open to Delete?

What?

I don’t get it. Open to delete?

Yeah, sounds crazy, but it’s true.

If you’re in an MS Office Suite program and want to delete a file, you could go out of the program, navigate the hard drive and delete the file.

Or, you could do it right from within the program you were working in to begin with.

Now, assuming you’re on board with the delete it from within Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc., you’ll want to do the following things.

First, make sure that the file to be deleted is closed. (You’re just going to get an error message if you try to do it with the file still open).

Next, go to the File menu, Open choice. (Alt then F then O will work and so will Ctrl + O).

Once the Open window is up, you’re ready to select the file(s) to be deleted. You are free to navigate through your system to find whatever you’re looking for.

If the file you need to delete is not the type of file that program is looking for and it’s not currently displayed, then select All Files from the Files of type list.

With that setting in place, the program will display all types of files in a location, not just the ones meant for the program you’re working in.

When you’ve located the file, highlight it (click on it).

Remember, to be able to highlight more than one adjacent file, click the first file, hold down the Shift key and then click the last file in the list.

To select non-adjacent files, hold down the Control key and click on each file name.

All files selected?

Yes? Good! Then we’re ready to move on.

Now let’s get to the actual deletion.

One way is to hit the Delete key on the keyboard.

The program will ask you to confirm your decision, and once you do, it will delete your files.

Another option is to right click on the file name and select Delete from the pop-up menu.

Again, you will have to confirm the decision to proceed.

After the files are deleted, you’ll be back at the Open window.

Simply click the Cancel button, unless, that is, you have a file to actually open at this point, and you’ll be returned to the program to continue your work a few files lighter.

~ April