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How to control multiple instances of same App running

Dear Expert(s),
Looking at Windows Task Manager Processes Tab, I have running, amongst other things, WINWORD.EXE, EXCEL.EXE, EXCEL.EXE (yes, 2), OUTLOOK.EXE, POWERPOINT.EXE, ...
Looking at the Applications Tab, I have no WORD apps open - I presume the process exists because OUTLOOK uses Word as default editor.
I have 6 EXCEL workbooks open, 4 POWERPOINTpresentations open.
Question/s:
1) ¿How can I tell (without closing) which Excel Workbooks belong to which of the two Processes of EXCEL.EXE? [¿Why you ask? ¡Don't ask!]
2) ¿How does this occur - 2 copies of app EXCEL running? (Some are opened by double clicking in a folder directory listing, some are opened with File>Open and some by double clicking on Outlook attachment.)
3) ¿How can I control this? It is indeed something that I would like to be able to do explicitly in certain circumstances like running two PowerPoint presentations in own window side by side.
Regards,
Brian
PS: Windows XP, Office Pro 2003
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PromethylCommented:
If you hit C-Alt-Delete, and get the task manager, you could double click the application. That should bring it to the foreground. (Worked on my XP box.)
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canesbrAuthor Commented:
How does the points thing/accept work when there are 3 part questions?
Regards
Brian
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canesbrAuthor Commented:
To: Promethyl
Double clicking on one of the 6 excel applications brings that workbook forward, but that doesn't indicate which Process it belongs to.
Regards
Brian
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PromethylCommented:
1. IN the same (task manager) you can right click and click go to process. From there ... hrm.

2. This might occur from various entry points. If the system is able to pass a message to the program asking it to open the document it will, if it's busy, it may invoke the program directly. Periphriary (sp) programs such as winzip or winace may open them incorrectly to share the main Excel instance.

3.  To have two windows open side by side, simply run Excel twice. (Start, Programs, Microsoft Excel).  Future documents should be handled to the first available hWnd instance of Excel. To be sure, just go to File and Open in each window as desired.

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canesbrAuthor Commented:
1. Ok, got it.
2. Okay
3. Works for Excel ok, but not for PowerPoint or Word?

Regards
Brian
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PromethylCommented:
Wherein powerpoint is conerned: Not possible, I'm told. "Reentrancy and Scalability -- server apps need to be re-entrant, multi-threaded and non-resource-intensive. Office apps are the exact opposite. PowerPoint is strictly a single-instance application, in fact. You simply cannot have multiple instances running."

source: http://www.rdpslides.com/pptfaq/FAQ00497.htm

As for Word, I was able to open two instances of Word by running it twice. I wish I were able to attach screenshots. That would make this easier.


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canesbrAuthor Commented:
Thanks.
I can also open word in separate windows - but it is still one process - this is ok.

For Powerpoint, here's the thing -
I can achieve side-by-side by inserting a PowerPoint Slide as an object into a Word document, say, and also have Powerpoint running another show, and thus have any number of shows running and visible simultaneously. Little tricky to control, but seems to work. Preferable to have two instances of PowerPoint - but since rdpslides.com says ....strictly one...., simply cannot.... hmmm... how is my workaround working out?

Regards
Brian
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PromethylCommented:
Makes sense to me. Seems to be the only way to do what you suggest.
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canesbrAuthor Commented:
PS
Here is a SUMMARY of how to do this

Can not do 2 PowerPoint shows side-by-side using PowerPoint native, so,...
Can do 2 side-by-side one with PowerPoint and one with Word or Excel
Can not do 2 Word for some reason, but
Can do as many as you like with Excel.

TO DO ONE
Open new Instance of Excel with Start>All Programs>Microsoft Office>Excel
Tools>Options>View> Uncheck Gridlines Row + Column Headers + Scroll Bars + Sheet tabs>OK (otherwise you get excel ugly stuff all around your show)
Size Window to taste
Click in Excel Sheet. Insert>Object>From File>Browse [some1.ppt]
Edit>Presentation object>Edit>Slide SHow>Set Up Show>Check on Browsed by an Individual Window+Loop continuously+Using timings>OK
Slide Show>Transition..>Check on Advance Slide Automatically after 00:0x>Apply to All Slides>Close transition pane
Size Powerpoint Slide to taste within Excel window (may take some back and forth after next step)
Edit>Presentation Object>Show (click on show and hit Esc to stop show - or use MenuBar (Slide Show)toolbar somewhere on screen File>End Show )

REPEAT WITH some2.ppt
etc.

Regards
Brian
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