Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Excel in Microsoft 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.

Creating New Windows

Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated May 22, 2021)
This tip applies to Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Excel in Microsoft 365


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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 Microsoft 365. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Creating New Windows.

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Allen Wyatt

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2021-05-25 10:35:01

J. Woolley

@Michael
I don't believe Camera is part of the standard Insert ribbon. Perhaps it is under the Insert menu in older versions of Excel. See https://excelribbon.tips.net/T008189_Multiple_Print_Areas_on_a_Single_Printed_Page.html

For an equivalent to the Camera tool, select a region of the active sheet and pick Home > Copy (Ctrl+C), then select another cell and pick Home > Paste > Linked Picture (I). This provides a dynamic image of the original region.

You might also be interested in the freely available DynamicImage macro in My Excel Toolbox. See https://sites.google.com/view/MyExcelToolbox/


2021-05-24 12:25:19

Michael

If you want to watch a section of another area in the workbook, you can select the area you want to watch, click Insert>Camera then click where you want the watch window.


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