You’re looking at an Excel spreadsheet workbook which has more than one individual sheet, accessible via clicking on tabs at the bottom of the workbook. This article shows you how to view two different sheets in the same workbook side by side on the page. This article is valid for Excel 2007, Excel 2010 and Excel 2013. It follows on from my article on different ways to view multiple spreadsheets at the same time, and you may wish to refer to that article for further details on the options.
How do I view multiple Excel workbook sheets side by side?
First of all, open up your workbook. You can view different sheets of the workbook by clicking on the tabs at the bottom:
However, when you do this, the new sheet is displayed in the window, and you can’t see Sheet1 any more. To be able to view both (or more) at the same time, you will need to create a new window containing the second sheet, and then display them next to each other.
How do I create a new duplicate window in Excel?
First, create a new window. Go into the View tab then click on the New Window button:
This will generate a new window, on top of the first one and identical to it (you can check that you have two open by clicking on the Excel button at the bottom of the screen:
Now, in the window you have just created, click on the tab for the second sheet that you wish to view (in this case, Sheet2):
This will display Sheet2 in the new window:
If you want to view more than two sheets, follow this process for each additional sheet that you wish to view.
What are my options for viewing multiple sheets of one workbook in Excel?
Once you’ve got two windows, one displaying the first sheet and one displaying the second, you can view them side by side, or in tiles, or however you choose. In the View tab, click on either View Side by Side or Arrange All to select your options (see this previous article for details on all of the options):
Note that if you choose Arrange All, you must make sure that you tick Windows of active workbook:
In this case, I’ve chosen Arrange All – Vertical, and here are my two sheets of my workbook, displayed next to each other:
For details of all of these options and what they do, please see my post on viewing multiple spreadsheets at the same time.
How do I get back to viewing only one sheet at a time?
If you want to return to a full-screen view of a particular spreadsheet, simply double-click on the title bar of your spreadsheet (by its name) and it will expand and be the only one visible:
In this article, we’ve learned how to view two or more sheets belonging to one Excel workbook on the screen at the same time, and how to return to a single sheet view.
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Please note, these hints work with versions of Microsoft Excel currently in use – Excel 2007, Excel 2010 and Excel 2013, all for PC. Mac compatible versions of Excel should have similar options. Always save a copy of your document before manipulating it. I bear no responsibility for any pickles you might get yourself into!
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