Opening multiple instances of Word?

Subject: Opening multiple instances of Word?
From: Geoff Hart <ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 18 Aug 2005 18:02:57 -0400

Brian Gordon wonders: <<A coworker wants Word to open a new instance of Word every time he opens a doc. My version of Word does this automatically, but his simply opens a new document on top of the other one. (He is a developer and has two computer screens.) That is, I have multiple Word programs open, as shown at the bottom of the screen; he has only one. >>

This probably isn't a separate instance of Word, which could prove hazardous under certain circumstances (e.g., two programs trying to simultaneously modify the same registry entry or template would probably cause a major crash). In all likelihood, you're just seeing different windows managed by one copy of Word, but presented in different ways.

The difference between what you see probably results from differences in the version of Word that you're using; I believe Word 2000 abandoned the multiple-document interface (one entry in the Windows task bar) in favor of separate entries in the task bar, and Word XP and later (or 97 and earlier) retained this approach, and that's probably what's happening in your case.

Ask the following question instead: Why would you want to see two entries in the task bar? The answer determines how to achieve the desired results. If all you want to do is be able to switch between document windows, Control-F6 (Command-F6 or Command-` on the Mac) does this nicely. If you want to see a different document in each monitor, try this instead: Open the Window menu, and select "Arrange all" or possibly "Tile windows", depending on which version of Word you're using. Then drag the second window into the second monitor. Voila!

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