Have Word Show All Documents In Folder

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A reader has a Microsoft Office question:

“Hello! I’m not sure if this is the correct place to ask a question, but here goes: I use Microsoft Office 2007 (primarily Word and Excel) at a church where I volunteer. Opening files is easy because when I use the “open folder” it shows all the files under that folder. At home, I use a later edition (probably 2018) where I have to always go to browse and then search for the folder and document. Even backing out, I have used that same process. Is there a way to force it to search like MS Office 2007? Thanks!”

This is absolutely the right place to ask that question. But first, I want to mention something about Office 2007. I sure hope that the computer you use at church is not connected to the Internet and that includes email.

Microsoft discontinued support for Office 2007 and that means the program is vulnerable to malware attacks that can then infect the rest of the PC. If the computer is connected to the Internet, I strongly suggest upgrading to a newer version of Office or a Microsoft 365 subscription. Or opt for free Microsoft Office online or Google’s free office suite. Your church could also download Open Office or Office Libre.

But back to later editions of Word. Start by clicking on File at the upper left.

Then choose Open.

At the top, choose Folder.

Select the folder you want by scrolling down or searching for it. Click to open.

All documents in the folder will be displayed in alphabetical order. Just scroll to view. You can also click on the Date modified heading to see them displayed by date. To search for a file, type it in the search box.

If there’s a particular folder or subfolder you use frequently, like Documents, you can pin it to the top of the Recent list. Right-click on the folder and choose Pin to Recent list. from the menu that pops up.

The folder or folders will now stay at the top.

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