Open Multiple Visio Instances (open different visio windows in taskbar)

5 בינואר 2009



Open multiple Visio documents is possible, but the default Visio behavior is to open multiple document on the sane Visio instance. In order to view each document you need to go to "Windows" toolbar and switch between the Visio documents.

You can change this behavior by simply update the Visio registry key: SingleInstanceFileOpen.

First open Visio and select Tool –> Option –> Advanced and check "Put all settings in Windows Registry".

For Office 2007 the key locate under:


Update the value from 1 to 0.

Now each Visio document will open in different Visio instance.

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  1. Fernando Lucero31 במרץ 2009 ב 0:30

    doesn't say how to locate the key

  2. Rotem Bloom31 במרץ 2009 ב 8:16

    Hi Fernando,
    You need to open you registry editor:
    Start –> Run
    On the command line type: regedit to open registry editor.
    Than look for the registry key under:
    As I already wrote.


  3. KWL3 ביוני 2009 ב 17:59

    Doesn't appear to work,

    Have restarted Visio several times and triple checked edit in registry.

    Wouldn't expect to have to restart the machine, will I?

    When I open a second drawing it still opens in the same window.

    Any thoughts? version is Microsoft® Office Visio® 2007 (12.0.4518.1014) MSO (12.0.6320.5000)

  4. Rotem Bloom4 ביוני 2009 ב 9:58

    It wroks on my computer, I works with Windows XP SP3
    Visio 2007 SP2 MSO 12.0.6425.1000.
    Maybe you should install office SP2 but i'm not sure.

    thanks Rotem

  5. Priyanka25 ביולי 2011 ב 11:49

    This option doesn't wotk in MS_Visio 2003

  6. bradmarxmoosepi19 באוגוסט 2011 ב 13:12

    For Visio 2010, there was no such key. I just added a binary key with the name "SingleInstanceFileOpen" in *\Application and left its value as 0.

    Miraculously, it worked.

    Thanks for the help, I really hated that I couldn't have two instances open.

  7. michaelcrowetoronto7 בינואר 2012 ב 1:07

    It's easy. File Save As (but don't input a file name) in the open session. Now open a second session and drag vsd files into it.

  8. lordVoldemort17 בפברואר 2012 ב 15:15

    Thanks a lot.. Worked miracles for me