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Viewing Side-by-Side Pages

You already know that you can use the Print Preview feature of Word to view more than a single page at a time. The problem, however, is that Print Preview limits some of your valuable editing capabilities. Unfortunately, there is no menu or toolbar control you can use to display side-by-side pages in any other viewing mode. Fortunately, you can use a VBA macro to do the trick for you:

Sub SideBySide()
    With ActiveWindow.View
        .Type = wdPageView
        With .Zoom
            .PageColumns = 2
            .PageRows = 1
        End With
    End With
End Sub

The above macro works just fine in Word 97. If you want to do the same thing in Word 2000 or later versions, you simply need to change one word: change wdPageView to wdPrintView.

When you run this macro, you are switched to Page Layout view (Word 97) or Print Layout view (Word 2000 and later), and the zoom setting is decreased so you can display two pages side by side. To return to normal Page Layout, simply use the Zoom drop-down list to choose a different zoom setting.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (736) applies to Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003.

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Comments for this tip:

Derek Brown    09 May 2013, 13:06
Is there a keyboard shortcut in Word 2007 for switching from whichever side-by-side screen the cursor is in to the other, and/or what is the vba command for doing so in case you want to map it differently?


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