Tuesday Tip: Opening Programs Faster

by Richard Stokes

In my world, the programs that I most frequently use and have open on my desktop are; Word, Excel, Outlook and then some flavor of a browser (Internet Explorer, Mozilla or Chrome).  One of the things that is great but also frustrating about Windows 7 is that when you want to open up a 2nd document within, let’s say, Excel, Windows will open it within the application and as a tab behind the first document.

This is fine but the problem I have is I often want to look at both documents side by side through either a split screen option or on dual monitors, but I can’t separate them from within that instance of Excel.

So what I end up having to do is go to the start menu and open up another instance of the application altogether before I can open the 2nd document in order to compare them side by side.  You might say, “Well that’s really only a few mouse clicks away,” but I’m all about faster and more efficient.  So, here’s what I do:

Hold the shift key and then click on the icon of the application you have already launched and want to duplicate – (you’ll find the icon for the desired application located in the tray at the bottom of your screen) and Voila! – a 2nd instance of the program is launched and I’m on my way.


It’s the little things that make a difference.  So, I hope you find this one useful and perhaps save you a few moments in your day or, better yet, avoid a frustration or two.

Richard Stokes: As the Director of Sales for Network 1, Richard identifies “future” clients that can benefit from the support of an experienced, outsourced IT team. He helps clients and prospects find technology solutions they need to achieve better productivity and efficiency so they can focus on making money and growing their businesses.

Network 1 designs, builds and supports the IT you need to run your business more securely, productively and successfully. Whether you want to outsource all of your IT needs to a reliable, responsive, service-oriented company, or need to supplement the work of your internal IT staff, we will carefully evaluate where you are now, discuss where you want to go and implement and support a plan to get you there with as little interruption as possible.

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