Getting existing instance of Excel

Mark Hammond mhammond at
Tue Nov 16 21:37:27 EST 1999

Joel Gould wrote in message <3832016f.10696885 at>...
>Using win32com, you can get a new instance of excel with a command
>But if Excel is already running, is there a way to get a pointer to
>the running instance of Excel?

That does return the existing instance.  If Excel is running, the existing
instance is used.  I just confirmed this using the task manager.

Indeed, I am not aware of how you can get COM to force a new instance of


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