Viewing Side-by-Side Pages

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated October 7, 2011)

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.

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Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...


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