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    loads multiple copies (203)

    I tend to open files by click on them in explorer. When I have Excel open and click on another file, a second copy of Excel opens. Is there a way to get files subsequent to the first to open in the already opened Excel?

    Thanks.

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    Re: loads multiple copies (203)

    Select Tools | Options... in Excel.
    Activate the General tab.
    Make sure that the check box labeled "Ignore other applications" is clear (off), then click OK.
    Post back if this doesn't help.

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    Re: loads multiple copies (203)

    Box was already unchecked.

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    Re: loads multiple copies (203)

    Tool / Options again on the View Tab. Uncheck the "Windows in Taskbar" option.

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    Re: loads multiple copies (203)

    box already unchecked

    I would be suprised if this made any difference, but I am running WinXP on a Mac using the Parallels program. I have found no idiosyncratic glitches in windows in the 4 months I have been using it.

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    Re: loads multiple copies (203)

    Quit all instances of Excel.
    Select Start | Run...
    Type excel /unregserver in the box.
    Press Enter or click OK.
    Select Start | Run...
    Type excel /regserver in the box.
    Press Enter or click OK.
    Does this solve the problem?

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    Re: loads multiple copies (203)

    no

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    Re: loads multiple copies (203)

    Try Jan Karel Pieterse's <!post=Systematic Approach to Behavioral Problems in XL,290455>Systematic Approach to Behavioral Problems in XL<!/post>.

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    Re: loads multiple copies (203)

    none of the above worked. Other suggestions welcomed.

    And THANK YOU for your help.

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    Re: loads multiple copies (203)

    If Jan Karel's post doesn't help, I'm out of ideas. I'd uninstall Office completely and reinstall.

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    Re: loads multiple copies (203)

    yeah, that's what I was afraid of.........

    will do it someday when time allows, and thanks again

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    Re: loads multiple copies (203)

    I've not read through all the thread, so someone may already have suggested this, but you can always drag the second file from explorer onto the already open Excel window.

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    Re: loads multiple copies (203)

    Are you sure it is a new instance of excel, rather than just Excel showing a second window in the task bar (Tools, options, view tab, windows in taskbar)?
    Jan Karel Pieterse
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    Re: loads multiple copies (203)

    When the 2nd version opens, I am notified that personal.xls is closed for editing. I assume this means a second copy is loading.......

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    Re: loads multiple copies (203)

    never thought of it. Thanks!.

    I'll do it this way until I get around reloading Office.

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