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    Multiple Sessions (Office 2000 SR-1)

    I have noticed that in Office 2000 using both Word and Excel, often times when I have multiple files open another session of Word or Excel is started and I cannot use the
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    Re: Multiple Sessions (Office 2000 SR-1)

    The multiple 'sessions' that you're seeing are because MS decided to change from the Multiple Document Interface (MDI) used in earlier versions of Office to the Single Document Interface (SDI) used for Office 2000 (hope I got those interfaces the right way round). MS didn't provide a means to change it in Office 2000, but I understand that Office XP lets you choose which interface to use. Although the system I'm using at the moment only has Office '97, my recollection is that Office 2000 still lets you switch between documents via the 'Window' menu.
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    Re: Multiple Sessions (Office 2000 SR-1)

    Indeed it does. You can switch between documents using the Window menu or using Alt+Tab in Office 2000, which is really quite handy. My only serious objection to the separate session for each doument is all those pesky buttons on the taskbar. <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>
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    Re: Multiple Sessions (Office 2000 SR-1)

    For me the issue is not so much one of 'all those pesky buttons on the taskbar', but of continually having to adjust between Office 97 (work) and Office 2000 (home).

    My other main gripe is that the MRU lists in Excel doesn't behave the same way as in Word etc. In Excel 97 & 2000 it seems that the only way to add a workbook to the MRU is to open it from Excel or do a File|Save As - opening with Explorer doesn't work, even with File|Save. Pretty well everything else adds a file to the MRU no matter how you open it (unles to use VBA to tell the app not to do so). Thing is, Excel wasn't always coded this way, either. There was a time (Excel 5) when File|Save was enough to add a workbook to the MRU.

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    Re: Multiple Sessions (Office 2000 SR-1)

    Macropod,

    Thanks for the help.

    This is just an observation but the only way I have seen to be 100% sure you can switch between documents via the 'Window' menu is to open all the documents from within the program itself. What is strange is that when I open multiple files using Windows Explorer, sometimes I can switch between documents via the 'Window' menu other times some of the open documents do not appear on that drop down menu and I have to use the
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    Re: Multiple Sessions (Office 2000 SR-1)

    Charlotte,

    I don't like all the taskbar buttons either especially if I have to hunt for the one I need.
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    Re: Multiple Sessions (Office 2000 SR-1)

    <hr>MS didn't provide a means to change it in Office 2000<hr>
    Actually in Excel, you CAN make it act like Excel 97.

    If you goto Tools|Options|View Tab and uncheck "Windows In Taskbar", you will only get one XL icon in the TaskBar.

    Same thing for Access and PowerPoint.

    However, MS didn't include this particular option in Word2K
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    Re: Multiple Sessions (Office 2000 SR-1)

    I think he's talking about when multiple files are opened simultaneously from Windows Explorer. I'm beginning to concur with him.

    Having OfficeXP and it being set to using task bar icons for separate files, I selected multiple files in Windows Explore and then pressed enter to open them all. I had no session of Excel open. Each time I did this, Excel tried to open a separate session for at least one of the files - saying my Personal workbook was already open and locked - causing a problem. This did not happen in 97, and I never used 2000 so I can't comment there.

    When I had an Excel session open (even blank), the files opened without a hitch. So, hlewton, you might try it having Excel open first and see what happens.

    Anyone else see this happen in XP?

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    Re: Multiple Sessions (Office 2000 SR-1)

    Carbonnb,

    Thanks for the help. I
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    Re: Multiple Sessions (Office 2000 SR-1)

    LennyJo,

    Thanks for your help. Actually your statement,"When I had an Excel session open (even blank), the files opened without a hitch. So, hlewton, you might try it having Excel open first and see what happens," that is exactly what I was trying to say when I said "This is just an observation but the only way I have seen to be 100% sure you can switch between documents via the 'Window' menu is to open all the documents from within the program itself." It doesn
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    Re: Multiple Sessions (Office 2000 SR-1)

    <blockquote><hr>Isn
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    Re: Multiple Sessions (Office 2000 SR-1)

    Bryan,

    Yeah, too bad they don
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    Re: Multiple Sessions (Office 2000 SR-1)

    Actually, I was testing opening files from Explorer while Excel is running, not from within Excel itself. As long as Excel is running, I can open multiple files from Explorer at the same time without problems. But without it open, I get a conflict.

    I just tried this on an NT machine running OfficeXP and they were able to open multiple files from Explorer regardless of an Excel session open. So, it might be my machine having the problem. I, however, run WinXP Home, so there's one difference.

    Anyway, to your point, I didn't find the feature "Windows in Taskbar" to be very exciting. I heard users say they liked it 'cuz they could then use Alt+Tab to navigate. But I found using Cntrl+Tab just as easy (I know... in Word it didn't work). I also mapped a macro that would change files to Cntrl+Q (next to Tab, so worked well). In other words, it wasn't a big deal if you knew other work-arounds.

    I did find, however, it worked well for people who constantly lost track of how many files they had open at once. Now they can look on the toolbar and see 32 icons understand why the program is running so slow. <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Multiple Sessions (Office 2000 SR-1)

    <blockquote><hr>Yeah, too bad they don
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    Re: Multiple Sessions (Office 2000 SR-1)

    <hr>But I found using Cntrl+Tab just as easy (I know... in Word it didn't work).<hr>
    Correct, but CTRL+F6 CTRL+SHIFT+F6 do.
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