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Splitting screens for 2 Word files
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Juliana Brown  Identity Verified
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May 26, 2008

Hi all,
I would be most grateful is someone would take pity and explain to me whether it's possible to open 2 Word files and have them one on top of the other, in other words, a screen split horizontally in the middle, with one file above and one below (for comparison).
Thanks!


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Luisa Ramos, CT  Identity Verified
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Absolutely May 26, 2008

Open Word twice. Open one document in one copy of Word and the other document in the other copy. Manually adjust the size of each frame. Drag one above the other. In fact, if you use TRADOS, for example, the TWB is pinned above and then the Word frame is manually adjusted to acommodate both. At least, that is how I do it until I can buy another screen.

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Afew  Identity Verified
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Another way May 26, 2008

Alternatively, you can open two files and then in one of the word files click window>arrange all. But at that moment you should have only these two word files open, since Word arranges all open files.

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Cyr De Rycke
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And another way May 26, 2008

Or you could copy both texts into one new file and do a normal split screen. This way you don't have the annoying title bar standing in your way.

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Jerzy Czopik  Identity Verified
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When using Word 2003 May 26, 2008

chose the funkction "Compare with" (or similar) from the Window menu.
This function is also available in Word 2007 (different name).
When you use it, documents are shown left-right in parallel and are synchronised when scrolling, what makes this function very useful for comparing documents indeed.

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Jerzy


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Tony M  Identity Verified
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More detail, please! May 26, 2008

Jerzy Czopik wrote:

When you use it, documents are shown left-right in parallel and are synchronised when scrolling, what makes this function very useful for comparing documents


Jerzy, if you have time, please could you explain a bit more? This sounds like a really useful function which I would use a lot, but it doesn't seem to do it for me. When I use 'compare docs' (actually my version of Word is localized in FR), it just turns on the 'track changes' facility to show me the differences between the docs. I guess I must be doing it wrong somehow

[Edited at 2008-05-26 21:42]


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Jerzy Czopik  Identity Verified
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Not "Compare docs" from Tools menu May 26, 2008

but just "Show beside" or "Compare parallel documents" from menu Window.
I'm sorry I have only German Word here and it is called "Nebeneinander vergleichen with...".
In Word 2007 it is called (also in German) "Nebeneinander anzeigen" ("Show both" or similar).

It is indeed one of the best functions I found in the Window menu
Because you have two documents side by side with synchronised view, you can easily compare them.

Hope you'll find the necessary functions.
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Jerzy


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Claudia Alvis  Identity Verified
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Compare documents side by side May 26, 2008

Rather than copy the text, I took a screenshot of the help window so you can see the icons.

From Office Online:



[Edited at 2008-05-26 23:18]


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Juliana Brown  Identity Verified
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Thanks so much everyone. May 27, 2008

I appreciate the help- and apparently others are happy to find this out as well!

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FarkasAndras
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more May 27, 2008

Thanks for the window/compare side by side tip! It's a great feature I never knew about.

Win XP can also arrange windows for you which cuts out the manual resizing. Open the windows you want, minimize any open windows you don't want shown, right click on the system tray and pick "horizontal mosaic arrangement" or "vertical etc." (my XP is not English but you get the idea).
There is also a "show desktop" option which could come in handy although I just learned that windows+d is even better. Minimizes all windows so you can click on desktop icon or such, and then win+d again restores your screen layout.


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Luisa Ramos, CT  Identity Verified
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I am May 27, 2008

Juliana Starkman wrote:

I appreciate the help- and apparently others are happy to find this out as well!

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I am happy to find out about such interesting solutions; I have always done it the way I described and I see that I have been missing very interesting functions.


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Emilija Ivanovska  Identity Verified
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Thanks May 27, 2008

Thanks a million for Compare Side by Side tip. I wasn't aware of this feature, and I thought I knew everything about Word. Oh well...

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