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Word 2000 - How can I keep Word from opening separately for every document?

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bulletShort answer: You can't, this is a new "feature" of Word 2K and is deliberate and can't be changed. It is important to note, though that each new document does not start a new instance of Word. For the official Microsoft take on this see:

http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q230/6/84.asp 

 

Longer answer: There are macros that work around this.

In Office 2000 Excel & Powerpoint use the 'traditional' MDI (Multiple Documents per Program Window) interface and emulate an Word 2000's new SDI (Single Document per Window) interface via the '[x] Windows in Taskbar' setting in Tools=>Options=>View.

For Word 2000 to get an MDI emulation toggle you can use this free 3rd party 'Windows in Taskbar.dot' template that takes about 1 minute to install.

OfficeVBA Magazine article - "Fighting Desktop Pollution" by Romke Soldaat http://officevba.com/features/1999/11/vba199911hk_f/vba199911hk_d.asp

This gives you a page from which you can download the macros needed to make the MDI optional in Word 2000, it also leads you to the article explaining those macros. You don't need to read the article to use the macros, but it makes fascinating reading.

This has been moved because the OfficeVBA Magazine site has become subscription only. It is now stored on the CompuServe forums.

According to what I've read, this interface is optional  for Word in the XP (2002) version of Office.

See also: http://www.word.mvps.org/FAQs/Customization/SDIMDI.htm. (MVP website)

For those who like the MDI interface and wish they had it with Word 97 there is an emulator called Switchbar that does exactly that. 

Word 2002 and later has an option to switch the MDI interface off.
Tools => Options => View (tab)
Uncheck the option for "Windows in Taskbar."

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Calculated Dates
Booklet Formatting and Printing in Microsoft Word
Changing the Default Font in Microsoft Word
Document linked to Printer in Microsoft Word
Fonts Missing from Menu in Microsoft Word
How can I get a different header / footer on the second page?
Heading? Header? Microsoft Word Help
More on Headers and Footers in Word
Letterhead
Mapped Content Controls and Document Properties
Weird Lines and Borders
Macros and VBA
Master Documents Feature in Microsoft Word
A Back CoverPage in Microsoft Word
Normal Template in Microsoft Word - How to Open or Find the Normal Template
My docs open in the wrong program! Re-registering Word using the commandline.
Moving (Sharing) Customizations in Microsoft Word
Global StyleSheet?
MVP means?
Naming Files - A System is the Key
Posting tips in the Microsoft Word Forums
Getting rid of that (*)#"@^ paperclip! - Taming the Office Assistant
Page X of Y doesn't work in Microsoft Word!
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