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WD97: Macro to Check for Multiple Instances of Word

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If you have one instance of Word running and you start Word again,you will have two instances of Word running rather than one.
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   Sub AutoExec()      Dim tApp As Task      ' Loop through all running applications.      For Each tApp In Tasks         ' If application is Word...         If InStr(1, tApp.Name, "Microsoft Word") Then            ' Display choice to close or not close            Select Case MsgBox("Close (" & tApp.Name & ")?", vbYesNoCancel)               Case vbYes                  ' Switch to the Word instance in case a dialog box or                  ' message is being displayed that prevents you from                  ' closing the instance of Word.                  tApp.Activate                  tApp.Close               Case vbCancel                  Exit For               Case Else            End Select         End If      Next   End Sub				
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