Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Using the workbook window
INSIDE OUT See more rows on your screen
You can set the Windows taskbar at the bottom of the screen to automatically hide
itself when not in use. Right-click the taskbar to display the shortcut menu, click the
Properties command, and on the Taskbar tab of the Taskbar Properties dialog box select
the Auto-Hide The Taskbar check box and then click OK. Now the taskbar stays hidden
and opens only when you move the pointer to the bottom of the screen.
When you click the Minimize button (the one with a small line at the bottom), the window
collapses and is relegated to an icon in the Windows taskbar, which you can click at any
time to restore the window to its previous configuration. You can also drag the borders of
any window to control its size.
Because you can open multiple windows for the same workbook, you might find it
convenient to view different parts of the workbook, or even different parts of an individual
worksheet, side by side in separate windows, rather than switching between worksheets or
scrolling back and forth in one large window.
For more information, see “Opening multiple windows for the same workbook” in Chapter 7.
INSIDE OUT Microsoft and the SDI
What is SDI? The single document interface (SDI) initiative that Microsoft implemented
in its Office programs several versions ago was only an option in Excel 2010, but now…
it’s the law! Prior to SDI, regardless of the number of documents you had open, the
applications were individual; if you had three Excel workbooks open, only one instance
of Excel was visible in the Windows taskbar.
Microsoft’s SDI initiative now dictates that each document now generates its own
window, each of which becomes a separate item on the Windows taskbar. Open three Excel
workbooks, and three items appear on the taskbar. This is arguably a more realistic way
to handle documents, which is why Microsoft did it in the first place. Multiple-monitor
users rejoice!
So in 2013, multiple document interface (MDI) is no more; long live the SDI. By the
way, you won’t see these terms used very much—for good reason: “multiple” DI creates
a single window, and “single” DI creates multiple windows. Geek double-speak!
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