Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007 and 2010. If you are using an earlier version (Excel 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Excel, click here: Tasks for Each Workbook.

Tasks for Each Workbook

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated November 30, 2016)

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When you work with multiple workbooks in Excel, the program, by default, shows a task button on the Taskbar for each workbook you have open at the current time. (In Windows 7 you see multiple "sheets" behind the Excel icon on the Taskbar.) If you prefer, you can configure Excel so that it displays only a single Taskbar button. In that case you would switch between workbooks by displaying the View tab of the ribbon and using the Switch Windows tool.

If you want to ensure that Excel uses only a single Taskbar button, follow these steps:

  1. Display the Excel Options dialog box. (In Excel 2007 click the Office button and then click Excel Options. In Excel 2010 click the File tab and then click Options.)
  2. Click Advanced at the left side of the dialog box.
  3. Scroll through the options until you see the Display section. (See Figure 1.)
  4. Figure 1. The advanced options of the Excel Options dialog box.

  5. Clear the Show All Windows In the Taskbar check box.
  6. Click on OK.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (8388) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007 and 2010. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Tasks for Each Workbook.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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2013-05-03 09:50:04

Donna

Hi Maria,

The tip Alan gave here is to hide all but one workbook on the Windows taskbar, which it does nicely.

If you want to see each workbook individually in the taskbar, and assuming you are using Windows 7, you would have to right click the Windows taskbar (not on an icon), select Properties and Taskbar tab in the dialogue box. There are 3 checkboxes at the top followed by 2 drop-down lists. It is the 2nd drop-down list that you want. I use the French version so I'm not quite sure of the English terms used but it would be something like Taskbar buttons, then choose Never group or Never combine, or something similar. Hope this helps!


2013-03-26 12:55:54

Maria

This did not work for what I need. I want to see each workbook on the Taskbar.
I am using Excel 2010...


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