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Display a Word Document in Split-Screen View

Posted by Roger Hyttinen on

When working on a Word document, there may be times when it is helpful to view two different parts of the document simultaneously. For example, you might want to write a detailed description of an image that you have inserted in a different area of the document.

 Word document in split-screen view

Though you can certainly open the document in a different window by clicking the New Window icon on the View Ribbon, many people find it more convenient to split the current window into two panes. When split, the panes scroll independently so you can work in either one of the windows. What's also helpful, is that you can set the zoom levels for each window separately.

Quick Guide: To Split a Window into Two Panes

  1. Click the View tab on the Ribbon.
  2. Click the Split icon on the Ribbon.

    Split icon on the view Ribbon

  3. Click on the location of the document where you wish to insert a split.
  4. To switch between pane, tap the F6 twice.
  5. To change the location of a split, move your mouse cursor over the top edge of the split until your cursor changes into a double-line with an arrow through it. Click and drag the split to the new desired location.
  6. To remove the split, click the Remove Split icon on the View Ribbon.

    Remove Split Icon on View Ribbon

Tip: You can also press the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Alt + S to insert a split.


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