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How do I view multiple Excel documents on dual monitors?

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Hello,

I have MSO Excel 2007 on Windows XP.  When I open two separate Excel files they are contained in one window (application).  I have dual screen monitors and it would be nice to be able to open each document on either monitor to view at the same time.  I am doing data entry and this would expedite the process.

Thanks in advance!
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by:Felipesg
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Hi, you have to open 2 excel instances.

Yep, is boring, but it works.

Cheers
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by:Wooky Jack
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Ah okay.  I was going to ask 'how do I open 2 Excel instances', but then just tried doing this and it worked!

Create an Excel shortcut on the desktop, open 1 excel instance, move it to the other monitor, open another Excel instance.

Or

Start > Run > typed in Excel.exe > Open > second Excel doc (if there is no shorcut)

Great!  Thanks again!  Both above solutions worked and the article went very in depth with more of what I wanted to know.  Thank you!
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by:KCTS
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Expand the Excel window to span both monitors.
Open both worksheets, Select View->Arrange All->Vertical. Adjust as required.
If you want to save this layout use Save->Workspace
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by:Rob Henson
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You can do it within one instance of Excel.

3 buttons at top of Excel screen, minimise, restore/maximise and close.
Click the middle button and then stretch the Excel window so that it fills both monitors. You can then drag file windows across the extended desktop so that they go on different screens.

Only really feasible if both screens are same size. I have just tried with big monitor and smaller laptop screen. Stretching the Excel window to fill the large monitor went outside of laptop screen.

Using only one instance has the advantage that you can copy and paste between workbooks which you can't do (as easily) between instances.

Thanks
Rob H
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More or les what I had already said
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