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    Will Office XP still be SDI only?

    A while ago I think I read in WWW that future versions of Office would give us the option to escape the much-loathed Single Document Interface (SDI). Does anyone know if this is the case for Office XP? I can live happily without most of the forthcoming features I've read about, but a Multiple Document Interface option would, all by itself, be enough reason for me to switch.

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    Re: Will Office XP still be SDI only?

    it's sdi but you can choose not to have multiple windows in the taskbar. excel and access offered this in offfice 2000 i beleive, word adds it in this version.

    on a related note, WindowsXP groups windows/buttons in the taskbar together and if you have a lot, one button contains all related windows, much like a menu. for example if you have 6 IE windows open there will be one button and the 6 pages listed on the menu flyout when you slect the button. it's probably the best of both worlds, but until i get used to it, is very confusing. i had 3 mails i thought i sent because I only saw outlook on the taskbar and didn't notice the more arrow. oops. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Will Office XP still be SDI only?

    Fooey! (I think). I'm not bothered by multiple entries on the taskbar. What really gets in my way is the toolbar truncation that results from multiple individual windows. I have written *lots* of special purpose macros that I customarily access via custom toolbars. In Word 2000 they all end up offscreen. The only compromise I've found is to replace, say, 5 toolbar icons with one 5-element pulldown menu entry, a less-than-optimal solution from my standpoint. My great hope was that XP would give me back the option to have a single set of toolbars (spanning the whole screen) that would apply to whichever window is active, as was the case in Office 97 and earlier versions. Anyway, thanks for your speedy reply even if you couldn't tell me what I wanted to hear.

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