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    Word 2000: I want my MDI

    Hello all,

    I switched from Word97 to W2K a few months ago and I miss being able to have several documents open in the same window. While looking for a way to return to the old-style Multiple Document Interface, I came across an archived message (Mar 7 '01) that has provides a link to a fix. Unfortunately, the website in question doesn't seem to be accessible by the general public... are there any like-minded individuals out there who have tweaked Word2K back to the "old" way of displaying documents? If yes, would you be game to share your experiences? Or, if there is some bonus to the "new" way of doing things (apart from using the taskbar to switch between docs, which for me, isn't worth the additional clutter) that I'm missing, by all means, clue me in!

    Thanks in advance,
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    Re: Word 2000: I want my MDI

    Hi Arianna,

    Try this link for Romke Soldaat's template to toggle between MDI and SDI. <A target="_blank" HREF=http://forums.compuserve.com/gvforums/default.asp?SRV=MSOfficeForum&SEC=7&FID=3675>http://forums.compuserve.com/gvforums/defa...&SEC=7&FID=3675</A>

    HTH,

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    Re: Word 2000: I want my MDI

    Thanks Chris, that did the trick!

    ... thanks also to Romke Soldaat, who built the template.

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    Re: Word 2000: I want my MDI

    Thanks for the link, Arianna. It is a help.

    Do you happen to know how to keep the window from jumping from location to location on the screen?

    johnC.

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    Re: Word 2000: I want my MDI

    And if you are moving to XP, you'll be pleased to know it has an options check box to turn MDI/SDI on or off.
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    Re: Word 2000: I want my MDI

    Kevin,

    As far as I know we have no plans to goto XP in the near future. But, I will check Win2K help and see if I can find the switch that turns MDI/SDI off on this machine. I really have a problem dealing with four applications open and many more windows open.

    Guess that I am old fashoned.

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    Re: Word 2000: I want my MDI

    Not old fashioned, just sane. There is no setting in Win2K that changes the Word 2000 SDI. That one problem (BUG!) with Word 2000 kept us from upgrading. Seriously.
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    Re: Word 2000: I want my MDI

    And, there is no entry in Win2K help that addresses MDI/SDI, or MDI, or SDI.

    This is another of the quirks and foibles, excuse me, undocumented features. Will check with our help desk and see if they have a way to turn it OFF(!).

    thanks again, johnC.

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    Re: Word 2000: I want my MDI

    What about deploying Romke Soldaat's template referenced earlier in this thread?

    Chris

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    Re: Word 2000: I want my MDI

    I did that as Arianna and Kevin suggested. This does make Word act kinda normally [as advertised]. What Kevin and I have wondered about is how to make Win2K do the same thing.

    Kevin's research, and sweat, have proved that it cannot be done in Win2K on the level that we had wanted it to be done. That is to set MDI/SDI off so that all of the applications will run in a single window.

    If you have found the switch, I am sure that there are many folks that would like to know where it is.

    thanks for your time, johnC.

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    Re: Word 2000: I want my MDI

    Chris,

    Romke's template is a great piece of work. I enjoyed reading his OfficeVBA article and even more reading through his code. Sharp guy. In my situation, I already knew about XP's fix (on the beta "team" - hah!) before we talked about upgrading. So, I suggested to the boss, that we wait for XP and she was glad not to spend the money at that time. We now have purchased XP licenses, but it's not deployed yet.

    I can't speak to how well the template works, but it looks like a very suitable workaround. Glad you brought it up.
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    Re: Word 2000: I want my MDI

    Oop. My bad. I saw Win2K and read Word2K. I don't know how many times I've done that...

    Don't know how to toggle it at the OS level and I do know how hard it can be to figure some stuff out. I loathed the most recently used menu options setting Word 2k came with as default and it took me a while to figger how to turn that off. Then I upgraded to Win2k and the OS was doing the same thing to me. That took three hours to figure out.

    Good luck,

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    Re: Word 2000: I want my MDI

    Hi,

    Just adding a few cents worth:

    There's nothing in Win2K help, and there's no Win2K setting, because this is something that is coded into the Word 2K app itself - Win version is irrelevant.

    Your help desk won't have a way to turn it off, because there is no way to turn it off, either in Windows or in Word.

    Romke Soldaat is brilliant, and that template looks like a great piece of work, but I doubt your network people are going to want to implement it - if memory serves it does stuff they may be leery of. (It would be interesting to hear reports if anyone out there has installed this in a business/large network setting - anybody?)

    Gary

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    Hi John,

    To add my voice to Gary's, there is a switch to turn off SDI in Word 2000 - it's Soldaat's template. <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>

    As Gary said, he is brilliant and knows Word inside and out. (He used to work for MS btw) and if there was any other way, he would know about it
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    Re: Word 2000: I want my MDI

    Cheers mate,

    For a single user Soldaat's template seems to be the way to go. However, I definitely concur with the thought that if you are running a network you will need to read the code and test the template before you go with the installation. There are enough 'features' in the OS and the applications software to make one wish to tread 'softwarily' with a network.

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