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    Multiple Document Interface (Office 2000)

    I work at 2 different jobs. Both just upgraded to Windows 2000. One upgraded to Office 2002, the other to Office 2000. I hate the Multiple Document Interface, (I think that is the right phrase, it's where everytime you open a new document, you get a new button on the Task Bar, until the buttons get so small, you can't tell what they are.) I would just like to be able to swith to Word or Excel or whatever and not have to think about what documents are open. I was able to turn this off in Office 2002. Is there a way to do this in Office 2000? Thanks.

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    Re: Multiple Document Interface (Office 2000)

    Answered I think by Charlotte here. It concerns having Active Desktop installed...

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    Re: Multiple Document Interface (Office 2000)

    not in word 2000, excel and i think access have options to disable it.

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    Re: Multiple Document Interface (Office 2000)

    Access doesn't do anything *but* SDI in all versions. It's the nature of the beast .
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    Re: Multiple Document Interface (Office 2000)

    You are referring to the SDI (Single Document Interface).

    You cannot turn off the SDI in Word 2000 in any supported way.

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    Re: Multiple Document Interface (Office 2000)

    Hi Don:
    This was addressed in <!post=this post,40580>this post<!/post>. You can find the download to change Word's SDI to MDI over here.

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    Re: Multiple Document Interface (Office 2000)

    As Howard and others have been trying to state the SDI can NOT be turnrd off. But, the template that is posted above will make it LOOK like it has been turned off. The following is cut and pasted from the above link:

    <font color=red>Longtime MS Word forum member, Romke Soldaat created this Word template, "Windows in TaskBar.dot" to let you have the same <font color=blue>toggle option</font color=blue> and has let us offer it here for you. You can have the Word 2000 Single Document interface (SDI) <font color=blue>act more like</font color=blue> the earlier version's Multiple Document Interface (MDI) interface.</font color=red>

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Multiple Document Interface (Office 2000)

    Such solutions involve a heavy dose of the Windows API and should be used ONLY by very experienced users.

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