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    Opening multiple instances of Excel

    I've recently migrated to Windows 10 and am using Excel 2019.

    When I open a second sheet it is opened in the same client instance as the first. I've edited the registry to prevent this (there are some guides on that on the Internet) and this works but only when I run Excel by itself, not when I run an excel file directly from Explorer, which is kinda pointless.

    The main problem for me is that I have a lot of sheets and about half of them have automatic updating while the other half has not. When the second sheet is opened in the same instance it gets the same updating mode as the first sheet regardless of what I have set. This is painful. It also makes calculation on small sheets very slow when another very big sheet is also opened.

    Does anyone know how to fix this?

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    Re: Opening multiple instances of Excel

    Make a shortcut that has the full pathname to the excel executable followed by a -x. For example
    "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\root\Office16\EXCEL.EXE -x

    Then put this shortcut in the SendTo menu.

    Then you can send excel files to this shortcut.
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    Re: Opening multiple instances of Excel

    That does seem to work. thank you.

    However that is still pretty convoluted because now I have to rightclick, select an entry from a menu and select an entry from the second menu.

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