How can I start Excel as a different user? I'm using Win XP and Excel 2003


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Right click on the EXE, then click "Run As..."

  • Thanks, it works! I found this excel.exe from C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE11 Sep 6, 2010 at 12:49

I believe you should be able to do this by creating a shortcut to Excel and then shift-right-clicking the shortcut. You should see a Run As option. But there is a standard Windows service that must be running in the background or else the option is not shown:


  • This only works on the actual exe - "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\excel.exe" - not on the start > program files > microsoft office menu entry. That doesn't appear to be a normal shortcut.
    – ChrisF
    Sep 6, 2010 at 12:48
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    That would be why I said by creating a shortcut to Excel
    – James P
    Sep 6, 2010 at 12:57

Try ShellRunas which is part of Microsoft's SysInternals suite of utilities.

  • I downloaded this but it does not seem to do anything. I tried : C:\>ShellRunas excel. It says it cannot find ShellRunas. Sep 6, 2010 at 11:43
  • It is a shell extension so you should see it on the context menu when you right click on an executable or shortcut. It's not a command line utility. Sep 6, 2010 at 12:05

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