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How to open excel files in separate instances of excel 2010

Open regedit.exe and go to the follwing node in the registry


Take a backup of the “open” node and export it to a safe location

Open the “Open” node and left click on the “command” node.

You should see two entries “default” and “command” in the command node.

Update the “Default” key to below value

“C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14\EXCEL.EXE” /e “%1”

Rename the “Command” key below the “Default” key to “CommandOld”

It should look like below

Next rename the “ddeexec”  Node to “ddeexecOld”

So you have the below in your registry

Now when you open .xlsx files they will open in separate instances of excel 2010

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