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How to Open Excel Files in New Windows

This tutorial will demonstrate how to open Excel files in new windows.

 

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Task Bar Icon

We can open a new instance of Excel by right-clicking on the Excel icon in the task bar.

 

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Right-click on the Excel icon and then click on Excel in the menu.

 

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A new instance of Excel will open showing the backstage view. Click on Blank workbook to open a blank workbook, or click Open to open a file of your choice.

Start Menu Icon

Select the Start button, scroll down to the E section of the menu and then select Excel.

 

excel windows start menu

 

A new instance of Excel will open showing the backstage view.

Desktop Shortcut

We can open a new instance of Excel from a shortcut on our desktop. If we do not have a shortcut to Excel on our desktop, we can create one.

1. With Excel open, press CTRL + ALT + DEL on the keyboard.

2. Click on the Task Manager.

 

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3. Right-click on the Excel instance to obtain a shortcut menu.

 

excel windows task manager

 

4. Click Open file location.

 

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5. Right click on EXCEL.EXE and select Desktop (create shortcut) from the Send to menu.

 

excel window desktop shortcut

 

A shortcut to Excel will be created on the desktop.

6. Double-click on the shortcut to open a new instance of Excel.

View New Window

We can also create a new window within the current instance of Excel.

In the Ribbon, select View > New Window.

 

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In the title bar, we can see that the same book has a new window opened twice.

 

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If we were to type in one window, the information would therefore appear in both windows. This is very useful if we want to view two different sections of a single sheet or two different sheets of a workbook at the same time, especially for larger workbooks.