Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Excel in Office 365. If you are using an earlier version (Excel 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Excel, click here: Creating New Windows.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated February 18, 2019)
If you want to work on two different parts of the same workbook at the same time, there are a couple of different ways you can do so. One way is to open a second window. You do this by simply displaying the View tab of the ribbon and clicking New Window in the Window group. Excel opens a new window. You can then use each window to display and edit different parts of the same workbook.
Notice that each new window you create has not only the workbook name in the title bar, but also a number that indicates the actual window number. Thus, you could have Book1:1 and Book1:2. These are the same way that the window names appear on the Switch Windows drop-down list of the ribbon's View tab and on the Task bar.
Each window created in this way just provides a different way to look at the exact same workbook. This means that any change you make in one window is automatically and immediately made in the other window as well.
ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (6175) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Excel in Office 365. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Creating New Windows.
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