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issue with Ignore Other Applications option

  1. #1
    Mad Scientist Jr
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    issue with Ignore Other Applications option

    I want to view my Excel workbooks in separate windows (I have 2
    monitors and want different workbooks displayed in each). Looking
    around online it seems the setting to allow this is:

    Tools > Options > General > Ignore other applications

    I selected this, and it works. When I click on an Excel file in
    Explorer, a new instance of Excel opens.

    However, when Excel opens, there is no workbook. I have to go to File >
    Open and manually navigate to the file to edit it.

    Is this a known side effect or some anomaly? Is there anyway to fix
    this while still being able to open workbooks in separate windows?

    Much appreciated...


  2. #2
    Mad Scientist Jr
    Guest

    Excel file association issues (after selecting Ignore Other Applications option)

    I am using Excel 2003 (SP2) and wanted to view my Excel workbooks in
    separate windows (I have 2 monitors and want different workbooks
    displayed in each). Looking around online it seems the setting to allow
    this is:

    Tools > Options > General > Ignore other applications

    I selected this, and it works. When I click on an Excel file in
    Explorer, a new instance of Excel opens.

    However, when Excel opens, there is no workbook. I had to click File >
    Open and manually navigate to the file to edit it.

    My first question was is this a known side effect or some anomaly? Is
    there any way to fix this while still being able to open workbooks in
    separate windows?

    I tried to go in and edit the XLS file association (in Explorer, Tools
    > Folder Options > File Types), goto XLS, clicked [Advanced] > Open > Edit. I didn't change anything, just exited, but after that dbl-clicking on an XLS file gives the error:


    Windows cannot find
    'C:\Documents and Settings\myuser\myfolder\sub path\myfile.xls'.
    Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again.

    I went back in to edit the XLS file association again and played
    around, to no avail. Went back to re-edit the association and where
    before there was an [Advanced] button, there was a [Restore] button,
    which I clicked. Now it seems whenever I dbl click on an Excel file,
    Excel (or Windows) is delimiting the file path by space, and trying to
    open each word in the path as a separate Excel file.

    For instance if I double click the file
    C:\Documents and Settings\myuser\myfolder\sub path\myfile.xls
    in Explorer, Excel opens and pops up these 5 or so error windows:

    'C:\Documents.xls' could not be found.

    'and.xls' could not be found.

    'Settings\myuser\My.xls' could not be found.

    'Documents\myfolder\sub.xls' could not be found.

    'path\myfile.xls' could not be found.

    It seems Excel is splitting the file path up by space, and thinks every
    word in the file path is a separate Excel file name.

    I'm not sure now if this is an Excel issue, a Windows issue, neither,
    or both.

    What can I do to fix this?

    Much appreciated...


  3. #3
    Dave Peterson
    Guest

    Re: Excel file association issues (after selecting Ignore OtherApplications option)

    I think that these are common problems when you toggle that "ignore other
    applications" setting. I don't know any way around it except to just open the
    second instance and then use File|Open to open your workbook.

    But Chip Pearson said that he uses one instance of excel with multiple windows.

    He posted that he makes excel a window (not maximized and not minimized). Then
    he drags the excel application across two monitors (an extremely wide window).

    Then just opens both files in that instance of excel and arranges the windows so
    that each has its own worksheet window. (Window|arrange|vertical???)

    Maybe it'll work for you.

    Mad Scientist Jr wrote:
    >
    > I am using Excel 2003 (SP2) and wanted to view my Excel workbooks in
    > separate windows (I have 2 monitors and want different workbooks
    > displayed in each). Looking around online it seems the setting to allow
    > this is:
    >
    > Tools > Options > General > Ignore other applications
    >
    > I selected this, and it works. When I click on an Excel file in
    > Explorer, a new instance of Excel opens.
    >
    > However, when Excel opens, there is no workbook. I had to click File >
    > Open and manually navigate to the file to edit it.
    >
    > My first question was is this a known side effect or some anomaly? Is
    > there any way to fix this while still being able to open workbooks in
    > separate windows?
    >
    > I tried to go in and edit the XLS file association (in Explorer, Tools
    > > Folder Options > File Types), goto XLS, clicked [Advanced] > Open > Edit. I didn't change anything, just exited, but after that dbl-clicking on an XLS file gives the error:

    >
    > Windows cannot find
    > 'C:\Documents and Settings\myuser\myfolder\sub path\myfile.xls'.
    > Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again.
    >
    > I went back in to edit the XLS file association again and played
    > around, to no avail. Went back to re-edit the association and where
    > before there was an [Advanced] button, there was a [Restore] button,
    > which I clicked. Now it seems whenever I dbl click on an Excel file,
    > Excel (or Windows) is delimiting the file path by space, and trying to
    > open each word in the path as a separate Excel file.
    >
    > For instance if I double click the file
    > C:\Documents and Settings\myuser\myfolder\sub path\myfile.xls
    > in Explorer, Excel opens and pops up these 5 or so error windows:
    >
    > 'C:\Documents.xls' could not be found.
    >
    > 'and.xls' could not be found.
    >
    > 'Settings\myuser\My.xls' could not be found.
    >
    > 'Documents\myfolder\sub.xls' could not be found.
    >
    > 'path\myfile.xls' could not be found.
    >
    > It seems Excel is splitting the file path up by space, and thinks every
    > word in the file path is a separate Excel file name.
    >
    > I'm not sure now if this is an Excel issue, a Windows issue, neither,
    > or both.
    >
    > What can I do to fix this?
    >
    > Much appreciated...


    --

    Dave Peterson

  4. #4
    Mad Scientist Jr
    Guest

    Re: Excel file association issues (after selecting Ignore Other Applications option)

    I did a little more searching on usenet and found an answer that works:



    From: Randy - view profile
    Date: Tues, Jun 14 2005 4:55 pm
    Email: "Randy" <R...@discussions.microsoft.com>
    Groups: microsoft.public.excel.misc

    Hi Dave I figured it out,

    Open window explorer by right clicking the Start button and select
    Explore.
    Windows Explorer opens, now select "Tools" then on the dropdown menu
    select
    "Folder Options". In Folder Options , select the "File Types" tab.
    Now scroll down until you see the file type of "XLS" under the column
    labled
    "Extensions" Click on "XLS" to select it.
    Next click on the Advanced button and then under "Actions" Click on
    "Open"
    The Confirm open after download should be checked and the other two....

    1. Always show extension
    2. Browse same window


    Should not be checked.


    Next click "Edit"


    Under Application used to perform action delete what is there (All of
    it)
    and copy and paste the following into this space.


    "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office10\EXCEL.EXE" "%1"


    Make sure the box "DDE Message" is clear and the Check Box labled "Use
    DDE"
    is checked.
    You are done, click OK, Ok and Close. Now when you click on XLS files
    each
    will open in it own window. (Hopefully)


    --
    Randy







    Dave Peterson wrote:
    > I think that these are common problems when you toggle that "ignore other
    > applications" setting. I don't know any way around it except to just open the
    > second instance and then use File|Open to open your workbook.
    >
    > But Chip Pearson said that he uses one instance of excel with multiple windows.
    >
    > He posted that he makes excel a window (not maximized and not minimized). Then
    > he drags the excel application across two monitors (an extremely wide window).
    >
    > Then just opens both files in that instance of excel and arranges the windows so
    > that each has its own worksheet window. (Window|arrange|vertical???)
    >
    > Maybe it'll work for you.
    >
    > Mad Scientist Jr wrote:
    > >
    > > I am using Excel 2003 (SP2) and wanted to view my Excel workbooks in
    > > separate windows (I have 2 monitors and want different workbooks
    > > displayed in each). Looking around online it seems the setting to allow
    > > this is:
    > >
    > > Tools > Options > General > Ignore other applications
    > >
    > > I selected this, and it works. When I click on an Excel file in
    > > Explorer, a new instance of Excel opens.
    > >
    > > However, when Excel opens, there is no workbook. I had to click File >
    > > Open and manually navigate to the file to edit it.
    > >
    > > My first question was is this a known side effect or some anomaly? Is
    > > there any way to fix this while still being able to open workbooks in
    > > separate windows?
    > >
    > > I tried to go in and edit the XLS file association (in Explorer, Tools
    > > > Folder Options > File Types), goto XLS, clicked [Advanced] > Open > Edit. I didn't change anything, just exited, but after that dbl-clicking on an XLS file gives the error:

    > >
    > > Windows cannot find
    > > 'C:\Documents and Settings\myuser\myfolder\sub path\myfile.xls'.
    > > Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again.
    > >
    > > I went back in to edit the XLS file association again and played
    > > around, to no avail. Went back to re-edit the association and where
    > > before there was an [Advanced] button, there was a [Restore] button,
    > > which I clicked. Now it seems whenever I dbl click on an Excel file,
    > > Excel (or Windows) is delimiting the file path by space, and trying to
    > > open each word in the path as a separate Excel file.
    > >
    > > For instance if I double click the file
    > > C:\Documents and Settings\myuser\myfolder\sub path\myfile.xls
    > > in Explorer, Excel opens and pops up these 5 or so error windows:
    > >
    > > 'C:\Documents.xls' could not be found.
    > >
    > > 'and.xls' could not be found.
    > >
    > > 'Settings\myuser\My.xls' could not be found.
    > >
    > > 'Documents\myfolder\sub.xls' could not be found.
    > >
    > > 'path\myfile.xls' could not be found.
    > >
    > > It seems Excel is splitting the file path up by space, and thinks every
    > > word in the file path is a separate Excel file name.
    > >
    > > I'm not sure now if this is an Excel issue, a Windows issue, neither,
    > > or both.
    > >
    > > What can I do to fix this?
    > >
    > > Much appreciated...

    >
    > --
    >
    > Dave Peterson



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