This add-in was inspired by a request in a Microsoft user forum for a function to allow a set of documents to be opened. That of itself is easy enough to achieve, but this add-in expands on that premise to include all the back room tasks associated with maintaining and using such a list.
The list itself is stored in a text file 'WordOpenDocs.ini' stored in the user's 'My Documents' folder. The add-in will create that file if not present and remove it when it is no longer used. While you can edit the text file in a text editor, it is recommended that you use the dialog to make changes.
When correctly installed the add-in will place a button group at the right end of the Home tab of the Word ribbon:
The group comprises three buttons. The first two operate the opening and closing of the documents, the third opens a drop down list where you will find buttons to add documents to and remove them from list. There is a button to edit the list and a button to reset the defaults, including removal of the entire list.
Using the functions couldn't be simpler. If you have a document open and click 'Save to Doc List' that document's name and path are added to the list (if they are not already present). Similarly clicking 'Remove from Doc List' will remove the document from the list, if it is present in the list.
'Edit Doc List' is simply a means whereby the list of files is displayed with the option to remove any (or all) documents from that list, by means of a userform shown below. The userform also provides the option to select a file (or files) from the Windows filing system to add to the list.
Some Word users frequently work with the same set of documents open. The purpose of this add-in is to maintain a list of such documents which may all be opened (and subsequently saved and closed) together when working on a particular project.