This has been driving me crazy lately. I'm not used to having having a program have a global undo/redo functionality (as in when I undo something, it will undo the last action in any currently open Excel window). I'm used to having each open window having its own undo/redo list. How can I get Excel 2007 to function more traditionally like that?
If you want separate undo/redo lists, open separate instances of Excel.
If you simply open multiple files by double-clicking, they're opened in the same Excel process and share the same undo/redo list. If you manually open multiple instances of Excel and then open your files in those instances, they don't share the undo/redo list.
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Unless operating on Excel files in different sessions I think we are stuck with a single undo list.
Edit that may (and quite possibly may not) help to explain the issue:
Both sheets now look the same and the undo stack has:
Typing `=Sheet2!B1` in B1 Typing `=A1+1` in B1 Typing `=Sheet1!A1` in A1 Typing `1` in A1
Separating this out into the two sheets:
Sheet1 Sheet2 Typing `=Sheet2!B1` in B1 Typing `=A1+1` in B1 Typing ` Sheet1!A1` in A1 Typing `1` in A1
Unwinding just the Sheet1 part of the history is equivalent to deleting the contents of Sheet1!A1:B1. Try that and the values in Sheet2 will change. So even a separate undo history for each sheet/workbook/window would not achieve ‘isolation’.
Excel may (quite sensibly, in my view) be assuming that there is some basis for having two workbooks/windows open in the same session – that there is reason to expect interaction between one and the other. If such interaction is not required there is always the option to open workbooks in a different session.
At all frequent use of different sessions (eg extended desktop) may soon illustrate some of the advantages of operating within a single session.
A bit of a cop-out and only applies to newer versions of Excel, but if you’re willing to open Excel via your browser (at https://portal.office.com), each workbook will be in an individual tab with its own Undo/Redo history.
May be acceptable if you’re in a work environment without the ability to manage shortcuts, etc.