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Rumcake wrote at 2008-05-12 15:30:39
I tried this route and when I got to the section where I was to check the "windows in taskbar" box, I found it was already checked. So I did this: went to Window on the main file menu and clicked on "arrange all". All 6 of my open PowerPoint files were opened simultaneously in 6 individual windows. YEAH!! Hope this helps someone out there.

ChrisC - UK wrote at 2008-11-06 09:20:49
This still doesn't help much; i use a multiple monitor setup, and i want to be able to look at two completely separate PowerPoint (PP) frames, in full screen, on two monitors. Every post I've seen so far misses this point, and keeps talking about showing multiple windows in the taskbar, or seeing different PP windows in the SAME PP frame.

As a workaround for those in the same situation; take PP out of full screen mode, and then stretch the frame over two monitors. Then on the View ribbon, click Arrange All to have PP open all windows in equal proportions in the frame. you can then shuffle them around and get things close to how you want them...

Julian wrote at 2009-03-24 01:43:26
The last post is incorrect. Show in Taskbar will hack a new button on the taskbar - but PPT will open in the same window.

The only real way I've see - and YMMV - is to create a separate account on your machine and create a shortcut to open a second instance of PPT using the second account. In my experience with Office 2003, this is crashy. I've had better luck with attaching a second monitor and stretching the PPT window across both.

Grbr wrote at 2009-06-03 14:27:56
The only workarounds I've found so far are stretching across multiple monitors (as suggested by others) and installing two different versions of PowerPoint (e.g. PPT 2007 and 2003).  Open one presentation in each version.

Fernando wrote at 2009-09-15 16:58:00
This answer is completely useless. it makes no difference if the "windows in taskbar" is checked or not.  

Matthijs wrote at 2010-01-05 10:12:30
There is a similar question in this link where one answer explains how to run two instances.

It is kind of a hack. It will run the second power point instance as a different user.

Paul Higgins wrote at 2011-05-13 15:57:22
My own solution here-

CJ wrote at 2011-06-03 15:40:32
How do you do this in Windows 7?  I can open two separate and independant excel programs, but not two independant and separate power point programs.  I use to do this in the old version and microsoft advertises that you can do this in Windows 7, but I have only been able to open files in one power point program, not two separate ones.

Thank you


hh wrote at 2012-11-28 15:47:08
This is ridiculous that the function of having multiple "windows" open at a time in Microsoft products has been taken away. Some people function much more efficiently being able to see BOTH windows side by side and not having to fumble with going back and forth between windows.  Especially if the two windows contain information that is almost identical.  It makes reviewing changes next to impossible.  Who ever could have thought that removing the option of multiple "windows" was a good idea?  I'm about to downgrade to an older version just to have this option!  Having "windows", as many as you want open has been available since the inception of "Windows" operating systems.

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