Loss of multiple parallel WORD sessions
Thread poster: Chris Pott

Chris Pott  Identity Verified
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Feb 12, 2008

Some time ago, without warning, my PC lost the ability to run multiple parallel sessions in WORD. The version is WORD 2003 running under Windows XP. Since then, when I want to look at/update another WORD file in parallel with a translation (e.g. a glossary, of which I have several), I have to open it in the same WORD session, find what I'm looking for, update, save and close it, so that I can return to the translation session.

I wondered if anyone else had experienced the same problem and knew the solution. The WORD Help function doesn't seem to offer much.

It really would be a great help if I could overcome this problem.

Thanks.

Chris Pott


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Hi Chris Feb 12, 2008

I am not sure: do you mean that you can only have a single Word window?

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Chris Pott  Identity Verified
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Hi Natalie Feb 13, 2008

Hi Natalie,

Yes. If I have Word running, and select Word again, it doesn't create another session/window. Instead it opens a new blank file e.g. Document2 in the original session/window. If I then close that file, the file I had already opened appears. So I can have multiple files open simultaneously, but am not able to switch from one to the other without either closing the file open or reselecting the other file.

Before, I could have several separate Word sessions/windows open so I could just switch between them. That was very useful if I had say, three or four glossaries that were relevant to the translation I was doing, as the name of the glossaries appeared in the tabs at the bottom of the screen.

I don't recall actually do anything to the PC that might have caused it to lose that facility, but assume it is still available if only I knew how to restore it.

Regards,

Chris


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MonikaB  Identity Verified
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Show windows in taskbar Feb 13, 2008

Hi Chris,

If I understood your problem correctly, this setting should do the trick:

In Word go to Tools > Options > View and select Show windows in taskbar.

Hope this helps

Monika


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Chris Pott  Identity Verified
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Thanks to both of you Feb 13, 2008

Hi Monika,

That seems to have done the trick. I can't imagine how the setting was changed as I wasn't even aware of that screen in Tools.

Thanks to you and Natalie. Have a good day.

Chris


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