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How to open 2 Microsoft documents using 2 instances of Word rather than one?

Stanley Lai
Stanley Lai asked
Last Modified: 2012-08-21

Found that the behavior of Microsoft Word 2003 is differ on 2 of our colleagues.  Both of them are using Windows XP sp3 and Microsoft Word 2003 sp3.  And both are set to group all same instances as one icon on task bar.

One PC when open more than one Word documents, each word document will open one instance of Microsoft Word, so on the bottom task bar, we can see 2 MS word instances.  Even though XP will group them as one icon on task bar.  If I move the mouse to the MS Word icon, it will prompt out 2 separate instances of word documents.

While on the other PC, if it opens the same 2 Word documents, it will only use one instance of MS Word.  And on the task bar, if I move the mouse to the Word icon, it will only prompt out one instance of word document.  And if I click in the document, I can switch to the second document via Window option on the MS Word tool bar.

May I know how to alter this behavior of MS Word?  I wish to change it to one Word document use one instance of MS Word rather than put all documents into one instance of MS Word.  It is because if I close the MS Word, the one-instance case will try to close all documents in it and prompt for save before quit.  While the multiple instance case, other opened documents will not be affected.  Kindly please help.

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