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Question: Automatic re-opening of documents doesn't work with Microsoft Office 2016

Microsoft Office for Mac 2016 documents do not automatically re-open, despite the Mac System Preferences "Close windows when quitting an app" setting being turned off - a setting which works on other apps/ windows/ documents (Preview, Mail, etc).


This is different behaviour from MS Office 2011 on Mac. Open Word, Excel, etc. documents would automatically re-open after having closed the program, or after having shut down the computer. I am posting here because I don't know if this is a new Apple deficiency, or if Microsoft is somehow overriding the global setting (probably the latter, I will see if I can find an MS forum to complain to. Maybe someone has found a workaround, or maybe I have missed some setting in Word.


Yes I can just put to sleep, but sometimes apps/ computers need to be shut down and then I have to manually go open what is usually a set of 3-10+ Office documents that are all interrelated. It's like arriving to a completely clear desk in the morning, that the night before had ALL your open books and annotated papers spread out, that you were working on trying to keep a hundred thoughts in mind. It's incredibly unproductive.


Mac OS Sierra, 10.12.6, with licensed Microsoft Word for Mac 16.12

MacBook Pro TouchBar and Touch ID, macOS Sierra (10.12.6)

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Apr 20, 2018 1:45 PM in response to slyco008 In response to slyco008

*EDIT: turns out that this question does belong here: apparently the re-open feature was never been a MS feature, says MSOffice forum: How do I get Word for Mac (2016) to automatically open - Microsoft Community

So something has changed in how OSX runs MS Office. Can you change it back please??

Apr 20, 2018 1:45 PM

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Apr 21, 2018 1:00 PM in response to slyco008 In response to slyco008

Apple leadership and product teams neither read, nor participate in these open, public, user-to-user support communities. So your request to change something back is pointless here. Apple will release Security updates for Sierra, but their focus is now on the last remaining updates for High Sierra, and 10.14 builds.


Do you have access to Office 2016 for Mac v16.12 on a fully updated High Sierra machine? If so, test there.

Apr 21, 2018 1:00 PM

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