I am trying to make excel open a new instance every time I click on a file on the desktop. I just upgraded to dual monitors and I'd like to be able to compare 2 files side by side. I can make it work if I have one file open and then open excel through the start menu and open the file manually, but not by launching it directly from the actual file. I have tried options>general>ignore other applications, but that only launches excel and the actual workbook fails to open, something I think might be because of my PDFmaker macro. Sometimes i can get it to open another instance, but it will only open 2 at a time. Is there a general option I can change to make this happen? I am running xpsp2 with office xp. Thanks a bunch