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Understanding the Dark Side of SDI
Figure 1.1.
Figure 1.1. You can easily show two workbooks on two different monitors.
You can easily show two workbooks on two different monitors.
Both workbooks will be running in a single instance of Excel. That means
you can easily copy and paste between the two workbooks. You can switch
between them with Ctrl+Tab. This is an improvement over Excel 2010, in which
workbooks had to be running in separate instances of Excel in order to appear
on different monitors.
The change is due to the transition from MDI (Multiple Document Interface) to
SDI (Single Document Interface).
Understanding the Dark Side of SDI
Slowly, the Office applications have been transitioning from MDI to SDI.
Word switched in Office 2007. PowerPivot switched in Office 2010. Now, Excel
is transitioning in Office 2013. Although many people will love being able to
display two screens on two monitors, there are a few instances where using
Excel will become more difficult.
Several add-ins are available for Excel. An add-inis actually a hidden Ex-
cel workbook with some VBA macro code inside. Before, both the add-in and the
data workbook shared the same Excel ribbon and window in Excel. The code in
the add-in worked well. Now, the code in the add-in has to talk to another Ex-
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