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Tiling Documents

If you have multiple documents open, you can choose the Arrange All option from the Windows menu and have your documents stacked, one on top of another. What if you want the documents side by side, however? Word has no native feature that allows you to tile documents in this direction.

If you are using Word 2000 or a later version, there is a very easy way to tile your documents side by side. All you need to do is right-click on the Windows taskbar, then choose Tile Windows Vertically. This works, of course, because beginning with Word 2000 (unlike earlier versions), Word uses what is known as a Single Document Interface (SDI). This is just a fancy way of saying that you have only one document per instance of Word, instead of multiple documents.

If you are using Word 97, then the taskbar approach won't work. Instead, you must use a macro to accomplish the same task. The following macro will tile up to five documents in the width available to Word:

Sub SplitIt()
    Dim WinWidth As Long
    Dim WinLeft As Long
    Dim DocCount As Long

    DocCount = Application.Documents.Count
    If DocCount < 6 Then
        WinWidth = Application.UsableWidth / DocCount
        WinLeft = 0
        For Each DocWin In Application.Windows
            DocWin.WindowState = wdWindowStateNormal
            DocWin.Top = 0
            DocWin.Left = WinLeft
            DocWin.Height = Application.UsableHeight
            DocWin.Width = WinWidth
            WinLeft = WinLeft + WinWidth
        Next DocWin
    End If
End Sub

This VBA macro will also work in Word 2000 or later versions, if you don't want to use the taskbar approach.

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Peter Kirkpatrick    27 Oct 2016, 14:28
I don't have the exact wording (Tile Windows Vertically) in my menu options, though Windows does give me parallel options to tile or stack my open windows.

My main problem with this option is that it tiles ALL my windows (Windows Explorer, Internet Explorer, etc), not just my Word files. So for me this solution is no solution.
BreakinWord    18 Jul 2015, 13:55
Works in Word 2013. Thanks much!
Jonathan Brooks    22 Oct 2014, 09:19
This also works for Word 14 (Word for Mac 2011). Tools -> Macros -> Macro...
Create (don't forget to give it a name e.g. SplitIt

paste in the above code (minus the first and last line) and then save it.

You can then give the macro a keyboard shortcut.

Works a treat!!!! Can't believe I almost ended up paying money for something like Moom to achieve the same result for free.
Bodo    05 Sep 2014, 06:40
I can confirm that it works with Word 2010.
Can't understand why MS has so different functionality for the same function in their Office suite.
Michael Geschwind    15 Aug 2014, 12:31
Unfortunately, there is no obvious or intuitive way to determine what version of WORD i have (I know there are ways, but I can never figure them out), but it's probably 2010 and the above recommendation does NOT work. Right clicking on the task bar does not bring up these options. It allows one to customize the toolbar or ribbon only.
Stickler    14 Jun 2012, 10:16
Love it - works in Word 2010 just fine.

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