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Open Excel in Different Window

By ctmidnite ·
I have two monitors. It's very handy to be able to look at different sheets on different monitors. I can do this if I open two instances of Excel and then open different sheets but I haven't been able to get Excel to open in a seperate Window if I open another sheet from within the Excel window that I'm already viewing a sheet in.
Can I force Excel to always open in a new Window?

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I understand....

by chip In reply to Open Excel in Different W ...

understand what you're looking for, I have the same issue.

When I first dbl-click on an .xls it opens the first instance of Excel. When I dbl-click on another .xls it opens that file in the SAME instance of Excel, although a separate workbook.

I want the 2nd file to always open in a new instance of Excel. That way I can move them around to where I want them at will. They don't need to be in the same Excel instance window.

On a separate topic mentioned above in this thread... I have dual monitors also (very kewl, how did I ever get along w/o them!). Did you know that you can stretch the Excel window across both screens, when it's not maximized?

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A different solution that worked for me.

by susie In reply to I understand....

I wanted to share this because the previously posted tips did not work for me and it was making me insane. I searched all over the internet for the fix and finally figured it out.

My Computer
Folder Options
File Types
Choose XLS
Go to Advanced

Uncheck "browse in same window" in advanced window.

Then highlight Open

Make sure in the Action box it says &Open

Make sure in the application used to perform action it says:
"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE11\EXCEL.EXE" "%1"

Check the box next to use DDE

Remove anything that is in DDE Message box and DDE Application Not Running box.

Make sure the application box says: EXCEL

And in the Topic box it says: System

Hope it works for you too!

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OMG Thank you...

by dj.hixson In reply to A different solution that ...

I was going mad having using the other not so automated solutions.

You are the best!!!

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It worked !! Thank you.

by sena_munasinghe In reply to A different solution that ...


I had the same problem & came across your post.

And it worked fine.

Thank you,


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Thank u soooooooooooo much.....

by chaitu.musical In reply to A different solution that ...

Hiiii susie,
thank u so much for ur help. Recently I had updated
Office 2003 to 2007 (free update) ...... but due to this
problem (not opening in different windows)... I was
thinking to return to 2003.
But thanks to u the solution u posted, its working
fine for me. I hope this helps for all those suffering form
the same window problem.

- Chaitu

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YES!----- That worked

by dkagno In reply to A different solution that ...

Thank you, I never would have figured that out myself.

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Thanks for this

by mpalmer_bello In reply to A different solution that ...

I tried it since I had this same problem and their was no suitable option with Excel that addressed it.

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by wb5vrd In reply to A different solution that ...

One of my users wanted to use excel on multiple monitors. They took matters into their own hands and not can only open excel documents through the File/Open option, not by double clicking on the document. They said whatever they did was within excel itself. Its got me scratching my head. Any suggestions? Thanks

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by nycchic In reply to A different solution that ...
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Open Recent Document in new window (2007)

by alvin_huff In reply to A different solution that ...

Hi this works great for opening an excel file via double clicking file or short cut, but is there a way to get an excel file to open in a new instance when selecting it from the "recent documents" under the office button within Excel. I am working with office 2007. I pin alot of excel files there and would like to be able to open and compare them across the dual screen easily.

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