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    Thanks to everyone for the votes and discussion about having undo independently in each workbook. Even though this request has been here for a long time, we are listening and we realize that it can be frustrating if you press Undo while you’re in one workbook and it undoes something in another workbook. We’ve been considering the technical challenges to make Undo work “per workbook”, and want to share some details about it with you.

    The undo process relies on the state of all open workbooks being exactly the same after an “undo” as they were before the undone action was taken. One example of how undo “per workbook” is problematic is with linked workbooks. Let’s say you have WorkbookA, with a formula that refers to WorkbookB, such as =SUMIFS. This formula will give the sum of values in WorkbookB in range A1:A10 that have “Yes” in the…

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    I agree that many codebases become very convoluted and difficult to maintain as time goes on, I have had enough of dealing with that in my career. But, there is a relatively simple solution for the average user. Upon request of the user, always start Excel in a new instance. Unlike the flag option that partially works now, with this option in Excel, every time Excel starts whether from File Manager when I click on a filename, when I select a file via a right-click on the Excel icon, or starting Excel itself, Excel starts a new instance. This causes searches and undo's to operate as expected, on each file separately. While it uses more resources, it would not be much as most users don't open a large number of files anyway.

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    David commented  · 

    For many users who do not link workbooks, this is a poor but somewhat understandable position. If you gave people the option of opening new workbooks automatically in new instances, which eliminates this problem, it would be a reasonable solution with almost zero effort for Microsoft. Right now I have activated the option to start a new instance when I explicitly start Excel. What needs to be done is have an option to start a new instance whenever I open a new file so that I do not forget and to make it one step instead of 2 (start Excel instance and then select file to open). Please give us this option.

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    David commented  · 

    MS has provided a partial solution. With the /X option when opening Excel files, you can force it to start in a separate instance/process, and then you can open your file in that instance. Unfortunately, this is clunky in that you must remember to open each file via this two-step process - if you open a file in Excel or via File Manager or via a right-click on the icon, Excel will put the file in one of your existing processes.

    As to Thomas K's comment, I don't care as I am a simple user and never link across files/workbooks only across worksheets in one file. So, it is not worth the pain of the current approach (one undo buffer and one Find/Replace window across all files).

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