Viewing a Word document in multiple windows

Rachel Woolley
by Rachel Woolley

A software user guide that we write has a summary of changes between versions listed at the top of a document. I like to view this list when I’m reviewing the document. Also, when I’m editing documents I often want to view the table of contents at the same time as I’m reading the body of the document.

Before I discovered this feature in Word I would either print off the relevant pages, copy and paste them into an empty Word document or spend a lot of time scrolling up and down. It saved me a lot of time when I discovered it’s possible to have a Word document open in more than one window.

To open a second window of a Word document:

  1. Click the View tab.
  2. Click .
    The Word document is now open in two windows.

The great thing about this function is that you can edit the Word document in both windows at the same time, which eliminates a lot of needless scrolling.

This feature is also available in other Microsoft products including Excel and PowerPoint.

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