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Problem with MS Office for Macs, can someone please help?

384 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Nov 16, 2012 10:01 PM by peiper1 RSS
peiper1 Level 1 Level 1 (50 points)
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Nov 15, 2012 8:04 PM

I am using MS Office for Macs 2011 on my new MBA, and have encountered a pretty annoying issue when I transfered all my Excel, Word & PP documents from my old Sony PC.  When I open an Excel spreadsheet for example, the computer also opens every single OTHER speadsheet.  Since I have over 30 Excel documents, this obviously becomes very annoying and time-consuming!  The same thing happens when I try to open a Word or PP document.  Is there some setting that I need to change to have only the document I actually want to open?  All the documents were created on older versions of MS Office, but I doubt this is the problem.  Can someone help please?  Thanks!

MacBook Air (13-inch, Mid 2012), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • actionmarker Level 3 Level 3 (875 points)

    I cannot duplicate the issue here, using MBA2012 and Office 2011.


    Check to make sure you have all Microsoft updates for Office installed. If it still persists, you could try re-installing Ofiice.

  • actionmarker Level 3 Level 3 (875 points)

    You could also try deleting the microsoft preference files, incase something has gone amiss there.


    Make sure all Office application are quit fully


    Go to User/[unername]/Library/Preferences


    Look for


    Outlook is there too, so if it is causing you issues, you can delete them too


    Next time you open your office applications, the new prefernce files are created. Any particular preferences that you had set will of course need to be reset as they are now all new (default) again.


    Another thing to check is in you System Preferences - General


    Do you have the 'close windows when quitting an application' checked? if not, checking it may fix the issue.


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  • actionmarker Level 3 Level 3 (875 points)

    I just did some further testing here and can duplicate your multiple documents opening.


    With the setting above unchecked, if I have multiple word documents open and I use CMD-Q to quit word, rather than closing the documents, the next time I open one file, these previous files also open.


    With the setting checked, this does not occur.


    Hope this helps


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