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Word 2007 - have two instances running

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I would like to have two running instances of Word 2007, one showing document A on monitor 1, the other with document B on monitor 2.
How do I achieve it?  

Currently if I start word 2007 then attempt to start it again (shortcut from start menu) then the first instance is activated.
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depending on what kind of dual monitor setup you have i'm guessing your problem is that word opens in full screen mode and doesn't allow you to move it while in full screen mode.  
1. Using word 2007  i opened a blank document by using the start menu.
2.  I then opened a second word 2007 document by using the start menu
3.  I did end up with 2 instances both full screen.  
4. I used the windowed mode button (the one next to the red X  that looks like 2 boxes) and reduced one instance to windowed mode
5. and moved it to my second monitor (i'm using extended desktop mode)  
6. and then used the full screen button to maximize it

 and got 2 diferent word 2007 documents on 2 different monitors without any problems.
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Hmm - I've just set the word options, advanced, show all docs in taskbar to true and it does perform that way.  However if it is set to false it will force word to re-use the existing instance apparently (as an MDI type interface).

I want the setting that all docs displayed in taskbar is off - so only one word instance appears no matter how many docs are opened - reduces the usage in the task bar.  This is a special case - the documents are effectively the same but in two different languages, so I can put up with more taskbar clutter (one copy of word is one language, one the other).

Sounds like it might not be possible, any ideas at your end?
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well  actually in windows xp and greater  the default setting is for applications with multiple windows when the task bar gets crowded it stacks them under the parent application with a number indicating how many windows are open with that application.   If you choose to have them all run under the same instance they will be all sandboxed into one application window that will have several child windows in it. those child windows can not be taken out of the sandbox without a corresponding taskbar window opening up.  its a base function of what the taskbar does.  Opening multiple instances of word should cause no more load on the system then running multiple documents under the same instance.  I tested this with  2 15meg word documents the memory usage was the same on my system.  It may cause some difference if one of them gets put into virtual memory and causes some hd thrashing but that would occur  if it was in a single window as well.

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Yes and no - if the taskbar gets crowded ALL running apps are stacked.  Having two word instances on the task bar is not the same as 3 or more documents for example.  I'm quite happy with two 'words', rather less happy with each individual document irrespective of which copy of word it runs in.  

For me switching between docs in the 'ribbon' interface is an area that Microsoft have tripped up with.  With the old menu interface it was vastly easier and quicker.  Admittedly this is a special case however.
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Thanks for trying.  It isn't what I wanted, it really sounds like what I want can't be done.
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