By default, Excel files are opened in a same window in Windows 7. But sometimes you might want to view some files at the same time on your screen. To do this, you can start a new Excel process (excel.exe
) by clicking the Excel button from the Start menu.
However, you can configure your computer to always open Excel files in separate windows. We recommend that you only use the method in this article when your computer has sufficient RAM.To have us configure your computer to open Excel files in different windows for you, go to the "Here's an easy fix
" section. If you prefer to configure your computer to open Excel files in different windows yourself, go to the "Let me fix it myself
Here's an easy fix
To fix this problem automatically, click the Download
button. In the File Download
dialog box, click Run
, and then follow the steps in the easy fix wizard.
- Because the change involves modifying registry keys, the easy fix solution will create a registry backup at your desktop
- This wizard may be in English only. However, the automatic fix also works for other language versions of Windows.
- If you’re not on the computer that has the problem, save the easy fix solution to a flash drive or a CD, and then run it on the computer that has the problem.
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on your keyboard to start a Run
command box, and then type regedit.exe
, Enter, open the registry editor.
If you are prompted for an administrator password or for confirmation, type your password, or click Yes
. IMPORTANT: If you modify the registry keys incorrectly, serious problems may occur. Therefore, make sure that you carefully follow these steps.
Navigate to the registry key: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Excel.Sheet.12\shell\Open
Right-click the key, and then click Export
. This step is to back up the registry key.
After you back up the key, follow these step:
- Change the value of the Open\command registry key.
To do this, expand Command, double-click the Default entry, and then change the value to the following (with the quotes):
"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14\EXCEL.EXE" "%1"
"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\EXCEL.EXE" "%1"
Then, double-click the command key, move the cursor to the end of the string, and then replace /dde with "%1". If you are using Office 2007, replace /e with "%1".
- Rename Open\ddeexec.
To do this, right-click ddeexec, click Rename, and then change it to a new name. For example, ddeexec2.
In the same way, repeat the above steps to back up and modify the HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Excel.Sheet.8\shell\Open
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