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    Opening file opens new instance of Word (2000)

    When I open a document in Word 2000, and then open a second doc, it opens a new instance of Word. It opens the program again, instead of just opening another document. I also noticed that when I click Open, and the Open Dialogue Box comes up, and I click on a file (word doc), it does not appear in the dialogue box, so I can click "open", I can only double-click the file to open it, which may explain why a new instance of Word shows up. Why can't I just click a file and have it show in the dialogue box? Why does it open a second instance of the program? I did the Detect and Repair option under Help but this had no effect. This only started happening recently and i can't imagine what I might have done to change it. Any help/suggestions very much appreciated.
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    Re: Opening file opens new instance of Word (2000)

    > When I open a document in Word 2000, and then open a second doc, it opens a new instance of Word.
    > It opens the program again, instead of just opening another document.

    Okay, just to be 110% clear about this, if you close the document in both "instances" of Word, do you get two blank work areas or one? Each separate instance of Word will have its own blank work area. The reason I ask is that, as you probably know, each separate document can look like a separate instance of Word, since it gets its own button on the task bar, usually it isn't.

    If you do indeed have independent instances of Word, it might be related to your settings under File Types, a dialog you get by opening Windows Explorer and choosing Tools| Folder Options... and then the File Types tab. See <!post=Post #128623,128623>Post #128623<!/post> for an example of the default settings. Are yours different?

    If you don't have separate instances of Word but the multiple separate document windows are annoying, search for threads on MDI here in the Lounge.

    > I also noticed that when I click Open, and the Open Dialogue Box comes up, and I click on a file (word doc),
    > it does not appear in the dialogue box, so I can click "open", I can only double-click the file to open it, which
    > may explain why a new instance of Word shows up.

    Are you referring to the Open dialog from inside Word itself, or the Open Office Document thing that Office adds to the Start menu? In Word, if I select a file name, it does not get copied down into the File name textbox, but if I click Open, the highlighted file is opened anyway. I don't use that other feature, so I have no idea what is normal there.

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    Re: Opening file opens new instance of Word (2000)

    Thanks for your reply. When I open a second document, it opens in a new window (new instance of Word), if I close a document, I get a blank window in one instance of word, and the other document remains open in another instance of word. If I close both docs I get two blank instances of Word. I checked that link you suggested about file types (although that refers to Windows2000) and checked File Types in Windows Explorer (I have Win98se) and it just says that .doc is opened with Word. Under the Edit tab, "browse in same window" is checked by default. Still a mystery as every document I open opens another instance of Word, and you can see them layered up on the screen. To comment on your second reply, the dialogue box is within Word, and it does what you describe for me as well. I think I had been more used to other dialogue boxes lately and perhaps forgot how Word behaved. I shall search here more about multiple instances of Word, it is curious. Thank you for replying.

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    Re: Opening file opens new instance of Word (2000)

    Although I forget the details, there is a way in Windows 98's File Types dialog to view the actual command line/DDE settings for the Open command. It might involve highlighting the word Open in the list of actions and choosing Edit or some similar sounding function. I'm hoping there's a clue in there. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Opening file opens new instance of Word (2000)

    In Windows98 you start Explorer, Tools > Folder Options and follow the pointers below...

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    Re: Opening file opens new instance of Word (2000)

    To verify that you really do have two instances of Word, Check the Window menu in each.
    If it lists only a single doc in the Window menu, then you do have more than one version of Word.
    If both docs are listed in the Window menu, then only a single versio nof Word is active.

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    Re: Opening file opens new instance of Word (2000)

    ok Window menu shows 2 docs when I have 2 docs open. This must be one instance of Word then. It's just odd, because each has all the toolbars etc. on top, and I can minimize one and work on the other. I haven't worked in Word in awhile and I just don't remember it behaving this way. I just wanted to make sure. I'm assuming now this is normal behavior, that each document will open in a full window which just "appears" like another instance of Word. Thank you.

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    Re: Opening file opens new instance of Word (2000)

    Thanks this is exactly what what shows up in my Tools> Folder Options>File Types>Edit tab>Open>Edit in Windows Explorer.

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    Re: Opening file opens new instance of Word (2000)

    It didn't work that way in Word 97 or earlier. With Word 2000, Microsoft decided to move from the Multiple Document Interface (MDI) to a Single Document Interface (SDI). In the latest version of Word (and in Excel 2000), there is an option that can be selected to keep all the files in the one instance of the application.

    You can read more about it here if you search for MDI in the Word forum or follow this link to the MS Knowledgebase.
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    Re: Opening file opens new instance of Word (2000)

    Yes, that's how Word 2000 works.
    Word 2002 also, by default, works that way, but Word 2002 offers an option to revert to Word 97 behavior.

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