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Viewing Two Worksheets At Once

Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Excel 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Excel, click here: Viewing Two Worksheets At Once.

Dan asked if it is possible to see two Excel worksheets on the screen at the same time. Yes, you can do this, using the same general technique that you use to view multiple worksheets from different workbooks. Follow these steps:

  1. Make sure you have only a single workbook open.
  2. Choose New Window from the Window menu. Excel opens a second instance of the same workbook.
  3. Choose Arrange from the Window menu. Excel displays the Arrange Windows dialog box. (See Figure 1.)
  4. Figure 1. The Arrange Windows dialog box.

  5. Choose the method Excel should use to arrange your windows.
  6. Click on OK. Excel arranges the windows as you directed.

In each of the windows you can display different worksheets, even though they are part of the same workbook. When you are done, simply close one of the windows.

It is interesting to note that if you have a need to do so, you can view more than two worksheets from the same workbook. All you need to do is perform step 2 as many times as necessary to open the desired number of windows.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (2688) applies to Microsoft Excel 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Excel (Excel 2007 and later) here: Viewing Two Worksheets At Once.

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Comments for this tip:

Shelly    15 Jan 2013, 14:13
I use an extended desktop and would like one instance of Excel open on one monitor with the ribbon showing - and a separate instance of Excel on the second monitor with te ribbon showing on that instance also. How do I get two completely separate instances of Excel open?

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