How can I open two Excel documents in separate Excel windows (Excel 2010 and 2013)?



We frequently get asked, "Can I get two Excel documents in NetDocuments open in separate Excel windows?" and the answer is yes.  

NOTE: This will only work in Excel 2010 if you have ndOffice installed.

You will need Excel 2010 or 2013 and the latest version of either the NetDocuments Application Integrations or ndOffice installed for this to work.

Step 1 - Open the first Excel document one of two ways, you can click the document name from within NetDocuments or you can open Excel and via the currently installed add-in choose the File>Open option you can select a document from within NetDocuments.

Step 2 - With your first document already open locate the Excel application icon on your local machine, right click the icon and choose "Open new Window".

Step 3 - In your new Excel window again use your currently installed NetDocuments add-in to do a File>Open to open your second NetDocuments Excel document in a second Excel window.

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    Is there a way to have two excel documents in ND open in separate Excel Windows AND the ability to do a quick save of both documents (instead of a save as and deleting the "old" document) while working in ND?


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    I cannot get this to work, even with a new Excel instance open, opening a NetDocuments sheet still places it in the original sheet. Any guidance on this? Has this feature went away?

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    Has anyone been able to get this to work? I've not been able to get it to work, just as Nathan stated, I have another instance of Excel open but NetDocuments still opens the document in the original instance, regardless of which Excel instance I try to open a spreadsheet from.

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    This does not work for me or our users. It still opens the 2nd NetDocuments file in the same instance of Excel. It does not open in the 2nd instance of Excel I have started. Any updates on this issue?

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    This is still an issue for us too. This is a major step backward to those who are used to the function (DMS competition does work with other Excel instances).

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    I just opened two excel documents. I opened them from the ndOffice Activity Center by clicking on one and then the other. I haven't had any problems with this. I have Office 365, Excel 2016. Perhaps it is the Excel version?

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    Excel 2010 - so maybe it is the version. Next project!

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    Thanks Werner and others:
    Microsoft 2010 introduced SDI (single document interface) for Word and PowerPoint, but left Excel working as an MDI (multiple document interface). Office 2013 and 2016 all function as SDI.
    Normally, you can force a new instance of Excel through the taskbar and use the file system to populate it with a spreadsheet, but the ndOffice dialog forces the document into the first Window. We have a bug entered on this, number 15657, but it has not been worked on yet because:
    1 - Significant work has to be done to make ndOffice work around this SDI/MDI issue
    2 - Our users are moving to newer versions of Office where this is no longer an issue.

    Edited by Don Lavange
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