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Tech Tip for Writers #24: How to Open A New Word Doc Without the Program

tech tipsTech Tips for Writers is an (almost) weekly post on overcoming Tech Dread. I’ll cover issues that friends, both real-time and virtual, have shared. Feel free to post a comment about a question you have. I’ll cover it in a future Tip.

Q: I can’t find the Word icon that opens MS Word. What do I do?

A: Let’s say you looked on your desktop and the Word icon that usually opens MS Word for you has disappeared. These things happen and always at the worst time. You might have pinned it to the start menu (see Tech Tip #53: How to Pin Any Program to the Start Menu), but what if you didn’t?

No problem. All you have to do is right click on the desktop and pick New Word Doc. That’s what it does–opens a new Word doc for you without going through opening the program first.


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Jacqui Murray is the editor of a technology curriculum for K-fifth grade and creator of two technology training books for middle school. She is the author of Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy midshipman. She is webmaster for five blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, IMS tech expert, and a weekly contributor to Write Anything and Technology in Education. Currently, she’s working on a techno-thriller that should be ready this summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.

5 thoughts on “Tech Tip for Writers #24: How to Open A New Word Doc Without the Program

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  2. Yes, this is snazzy! It first happened to me last year, and eventually I managed to do what you suggested. Sometimes I just stumble on the right answer accidentally. usually takes me some time though!


    • I’m impressed. It’s not something that you easily stumble over. You must be a problem solver (as I tell my students).

      I like it because I’m always in a hurry. Suits my personality to bypass the icon and go right for a new doc.


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