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    Windows Dbl-click Open a new copy of XL (XL 2000 / Win XP Pro)

    I'm at a new location, Excel is bugging me, and I cannot remember how to fix it. I want Windows to open a new copy of Excel when I double-click on a file (or choose Open with on a txt file). Now, it adds the file as another Window to the last copy of Excel that I have activated. So, if I remember, I can open a new copy of Excel and then double-click. But, I'm not so good at remembering. <img src=/S/gramps.gif border=0 alt=gramps width=20 height=20> TIA --Sam
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    Re: Windows Dbl-click Open a new copy of XL (XL 2000 / Win XP Pro)

    Do you really want a new instance of Excel, or do you merely want to see individual taskbar buttons for each open workbook?

    If the former, select Tools | Options... in Excel, activate the General tab, and tick the check box "Ignore other applications". This is very resource-intensive!

    If the latter, select Tools | Options... in Excel, activate the View tab, and tick the check box "Windows in taskbar".

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    Re: Windows Dbl-click Open a new copy of XL (XL 2000 / Win XP Pro)

    Thanks Hans! And, thanks for the warning about resources: right now I'm just operating manually, but in the long run when I implement the manual stuff in code, I'll probably want to turn it off. --Sam
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    Re: Windows Dbl-click Open a new copy of XL (XL 2000 / Win XP Pro)

    One more warning in addition to Hans' warning about being resource intensive. If you check Ignore other applications to get a new instance of Excel, there will be some other very irritating side affects. Unless you have a very specific technical reason for separate instances of Excel, choose the "Windows in task bar" option to get separate task bar icons for each open file. Then, everything else will work normally.
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