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Is there any way to open more than one instance of Microsoft Project on a Windows desktop computer? Clicking to launch a new instance while I already have one open or going to Start -> Run... -> winproj.exe simply gives the focus to the instance that is already open.

I'm running on a Windows XP 32-bit machine.

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Short answer, there is no easy way to do it. Project is designed to only allow one instance running at a time. There are a couple of convoluted solutions out there dealing with running it as a separate user, which work with only limited success, if at all.

Here's a discussion that discusses a couple of possible workarounds. But basically your options are to run a second copy under a VM/terminal service or as another user id locally (which may or may not work).

You might also investigate alternative software that might offer that feature and be compatible (to varying degrees) with MS Project files.

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Thank you, I was aware of opening two windows in project and spanning the application across two monitors. It's a bit clunky but it does work. I'm still interested in whether there is another solution to this. – Andrew Doran Jan 7 '11 at 17:01
Just for future reference, this still applies to Office 2010. – PedroC88 Apr 9 '12 at 15:13
The possible workaround link is broken and I wasn't able to find an alternate. – Rich Shealer Jul 22 at 12:21

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