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Windows 7: How do I open two Word documents in Windows7?

05 Mar 2012   #1
RodPitcher

Windows 7 Professional
 
 
How do I open two Word documents in Windows7?

Greetings all.
How do I open two Word documents in Windows7?

In XP I could just click on two documents and both would open. That doesn't work in Windows 7. When I click on the second document the first one disappears.

I often need two documents open so that I can copy and paste between them, see any changes I'm making and compare the two. Having the two open at the same time is much more convenient than having to keep opening and closing them as I have to do in Windows7.

I tried some suggestions that I found on the internet, such as selecting the two documents and clicking, or using OPEN but in each case only one document opens.

I can open two of other types of files, such as PowerPoint shows, so it appears to be related to Word somehow.

I'm using Word 2003.

Rod.


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05 Mar 2012   #2
Qdos

 

Word 2003 can't open the newer Word .docx format or Powerpoint presentations. It's been so long since I used it that I can barely remember its functions - but it may need to be installed in XP compatibility mode if you would like it to work properly in Windows 7...
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05 Mar 2012   #3
Ztruker

Windows 8.1 Pro X64
 
 

I have this squirreled away.
Quote:
Posted by Michael Lanphear at Annoyances.org - re: Opening separate instances of MS Word (Windows XP Discussion Forum)

Open a Word document
Click on Tools / Options

On the view tab (Show sub-heading) place a check in the box "Windows in Taskbar."
Works for me.
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05 Mar 2012   #4
RodPitcher

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Thanks for that information. It works. It's so easy when you know how.
Rod
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05 Mar 2012   #5
Ztruker

Windows 8.1 Pro X64
 
 

No idea why that works though. I don't understand how "Windows in Taskbar" tells Word to open separate windows.
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05 Mar 2012   #6
RodPitcher

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

The important thing is that it solves the problem.
Thanks again.
Rod
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09 Mar 2012   #7
Imperfect1

 
 

Unless I'm misunderstanding your question, you can also view two (or more) separate Word docs on the screen by opening one of the Word pages you want on the screen and clicking on "ArrangeAll."

(PS In order for this function to be MOST effective, close everything else --
i.e. the docs/windows you don't want on the screen.)
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09 Mar 2012   #8
churin

W7 Ult x64 and W8 Pro x64
 
 

I am using WORD in Office 2010 Suite. How can I solve the same problem as OP posted?
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09 Mar 2012   #9
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by churin View Post
I am using WORD in Office 2010 Suite. How can I solve the same problem as OP posted?
I guess I'm not understanding the issue, but why can't you just open both files? I often have multiple files open at the same time, copying content around.
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09 Mar 2012   #10
Trapper

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Open the Doc you want in Word 2010 then select the view tab. To the right of the ribbon is a section called Window, select New Window and another version of your open doc is displayed. Then left click on the toolbar and select Show windows side by side. You can now switch to either version.
Hopefully that will work for you, it does for me!
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