Application used to perform action

Microsoft Excel 2007
October 29, 2009 at 11:33:00
Specs: Windows XP, 2G
I went into "My Documents" folder clicked Tools, Folder Options, File Types Tab, Chose XLS from the list, clicked Advanced, Chose open from that list and clicked edit and added space %1 at the end of the "Application used to perform action:" string. This was supposed to make my excel files open in seperate instances so I could view them on dual monitors according the the webiste I was reading. Unfortunately all it did was make it so my excel files would not open from the My Documents window. I have tried repeatedly to remove the " %1" but each time it reverts back to it. The files open fine from my "Recent Files" list inside Excel or from the "Open" window inside Excel. Any suggestions??

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October 29, 2009 at 15:12:50

Regarding using multiple monitors, just make sure your XP Taskbar Properties 'Group similar taskbar buttons' is Unchecked.

I use two monitors and have not had to do anything to my Files Type tab, and as long as the icons are not grouped I can have different workbooks open on different monitors, but all running in one instance of Excel.

In my setting for XLS files - Advanced tab, Open action, I have the following:
"Drive:Path\OFFICE11\EXCEL.EXE" /e

Perhaps someone else can advise on why the change you made appears not to be reversible.

If you don't get an answer here, then the XP forum might help, as your issue with the %1 is not specific to Excel


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