Open a second workbook in another copy of Excel

When you open multiple Excel 2013 workbooks, each workbook opens in a separate window but in the same copy or instance of Excel. There may be times when you want to open the second or third workbook in a new instance of Excel. For example, while you’re running calculations on a large workbook, and you want to work on a different workbook.

Here’s how you’d open another instance of Excel to view the second workbook:

  1. Right-click the Excel icon from your taskbar.

  2. While pressing Alt, click the workbook you want to open from the list.

    taskbar with the Excel workbook icon

You might also like to know how to automatically open a specific workbook or template when you start Excel.

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