How to view two documents side by side in Word?

Do you want to see the comparison of the two documents and are unable to see how to do it? No worries. Read this Word tutorial to check the two documents simultaneously in Microsoft Word.

Sometimes becomes necessary to work on two documents either for reference or for other tasks. In such circumstances, it is convenient to be able to view both documents side by side.

When I was working in Microsoft Word, I needed to compare the documents to each other. Though iam a frequent Word user, iam unable to do so. After trying I found a simple method of comparing the documents. Continue reading to know my real experience of how things get done.

How to View two documents side by side in Word?

Below are the steps to view two documents side by side in Microsoft Word.

  • Open both the documents you want to compare.
  • Go to one of the documents and Click on View.
  • Click on the View Side by Side option from this section.
  • You will now be able to view both documents.
Make two documents side by side

Now, you can compare the two documents in Microsoft Word.

How to view two documents side by side in Word Mac?

On Mac, the controls are a little different as compared to Windows. Here is how to view documents side by side in Word for Mac.

  • Open both the documents you would like to view.
How to view two documents side by side in Word Mac?
  • Click on Window in the top panel.
  • Use the Tile window to the left of the Screen or the Tile Window to the Right of the screen options.
  • Once one document is moved to the left or right you can select the other document.
  • This split screen view can be used to view as well as edit documents.

You can also use the full-screen button to split screen on Mac. Here are the steps to follow.

  • Open the documents you would like to view together.
view two documents side by side in Word
view two documents side by side in Word
  • Click and hold the full-screen button for more options. Keep the mouse over the full screen and you can see the additional options.
  • You will see three options, Fullscreen, Tile window to the left of the screen, and tile window to the right of the screen. Click on the option you would like to use.
  • Once you have tiled one document to the left or right you can choose the other document when prompted.
  • You can now edit both documents simultaneously while viewing them side by side.

What is synchronous scrolling in Word?

Synchronous scrolling in Word is helpful when you are working on two documents simultaneously. Word for Windows has an option where you can scroll both documents together while viewing them side by side. Follow these steps to activate synchronous scrolling in Word.

  • Open both documents to see the documents.
  • Go to one document and Click on View at the top of the page.
  • You will see a section titled Window.
  • Click on the option View Side by Side.
What is synchronous scrolling word?

Once you have the documents side by side you will notice that you can scroll through them individually. The synchronous scrolling option helps sync the scrolling.

What is synchronous scrolling word?
  • Click on View in the top ribbon of the document.
  • In the Windows section, you will see Synchronous Scrolling.
  • Click on it to activate.

You can stop synchronous scrolling by clicking on the option again.

In Word how to remove side by side view?

The side-by-side view helps get tasks done faster. Here is how to go back to viewing one document. Once the work is over, you can remove the side-by-side view in the Word document.

Exit side-by-side view in Windows

Here is how you can exit the side-by-side view in Word for Windows.

Exit side-by-side view in Windows

As the View Side by Side option in Word is a toggle button you just need to click on it again to exit.

  • Start by clicking on View in the top ribbon
  • Then go to the Window section.
  • Here you will see the ‘view side by side’ option, click on it to exit.

Exit side-by-side view in Mac

In Mac, a split screen is an extension of the full-screen option. Here is how to view one page instead of two in Word for Mac.

Exit side-by-side view in Mac
  • Click on the Full-screen button in the top left of any document.
  • It will instantly switch to the full-screen mode
  • Use the Escape key on your keyboard to return to the normal view. you could also hover the mouse on top of the document and click on full-screen one more time.

You will need to manually switch from split-screen to full-screen and then move to normal mode for both documents.

How to Change Window Sizes When Comparing Two Documents in Word?

When you use the View side-by-side option, both documents on the screen occupy equal space. You can, however, increase or decrease the size of either or both documents. Here is how to resize a document while on a split screen. When you use the View side-by-side option, both documents on the screen occupy equal space.

  • Move the mouse over the portion where the documents split. This as a default is in the center of the screen.
  • The cursor will change shape and turn into a two-pointed arrow.
  • You can now click and drag the arrow in either direction to change the size.

Once you have changed the size of the screen you have an option to reset the view.

view two documents side by side in Word
  • Click on View in the top ribbon of the document.
  • Go to the Section titled Window
  • Select the ‘Reset Window Position’ option that’s right under Synchronous Scrolling.

Here is how to reset the window position on the Mac

  • Hover the mouse over the split section
  • The arrow will change shape to a two-pointed arrow.
  • Click and move the arrow in the direction required.

Conclusion

This tutorial focused on how to view two documents side by side in Word. In Windows, you can use the View side-by-side option, while using Mac you need to use ‘Tile window to the left of screen’ or ‘Tile window to the right of screen’. This way, the documents can be compared.

It also looked at how to change the size of split-screen documents and reset them to the original view. We also looked at how to stop the split screen or how to turn off the side-by-side mode.

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