How do I view two sheets of an Excel workbook at the same time?

24 Sep

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:

Excel tab to view sheets

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:

Excel new window

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:

Excel check two files are open

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):

Excel tab to view sheets

This will display Sheet2 in the new window:

Excel view sheet2

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):

Excel choose options for displaying multiple sheets

Note that if you choose Arrange All, you must make sure that you tick Windows of active workbook:

Excel view multiple sheets 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:

17 view multiple sheets in a workbook

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:

return to single sheet view

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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50 responses to “How do I view two sheets of an Excel workbook at the same time?

  1. vinod

    January 23, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    Thank you very much…. It is really helpful… Keep sharing….


    • sarmistha nayak

      September 2, 2015 at 10:49 am

      thank u..:)


  2. Arfan

    February 25, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    i cant open two xl file in my pc.
    once i try to do so the old file closed.


    • Liz Dexter

      February 25, 2015 at 3:40 pm

      I have an article on how to open two separate spreadsheets here: hopefully that will help you!


    • James Burton

      June 15, 2016 at 8:28 pm

      Don’t open the same document twice. Just open a new window in the “View” Tab. Follow instructions above 🙂


      • Liz Dexter

        June 16, 2016 at 9:01 am

        Thank you!


      • Sami Odeh

        June 29, 2017 at 12:07 pm

        thank you
        after i exit from the file it goes back to one sheet view
        not both how can i save it in both views.

        thank you & best regards
        Sami Odeh


        • Liz Dexter

          June 29, 2017 at 2:43 pm

          Thank you for your question – it won’t save this preference, you need to follow the process each time you open the files (sorry!).


  3. hiral

    March 22, 2015 at 6:54 am

    thanks, its works.


  4. Galang Ravenheart

    April 15, 2015 at 11:37 pm

    Really helpful, thank you!


  5. Pradeep Kumar

    May 13, 2015 at 9:21 am

    i have open excel sheet 1 but is not showing Two Other Window in Sheet 1


    • Liz Dexter

      May 13, 2015 at 9:49 am

      Sorry, I’m not sure what you are asking here. Have you followed the steps in the blog post?


  6. Shahid

    June 1, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    Still this is not working
    Is there something in the settings or options


    • Liz Dexter

      June 3, 2015 at 7:19 am

      Have you followed all the instructions in the article? Are you trying to view two sheets of the same workbook, or do you need to view two different workbooks, as that’s in a different article? What version of Excel are you using, and on Mac or PC?


  7. Patrick

    June 16, 2015 at 8:33 am

    Brilliant! I’d been wondering for ages how to do this. I’d also like to compliment you on the clarity of the explanation; I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve read instructions for achieving an objective in which the well-intentioned author leaves out vital information, either because they’re poor at communicating or have assumed knowledge on the part of the reader. Well done, and thank you!


    • Liz Dexter

      June 16, 2015 at 8:42 am

      Thank you very much for your kind comment – I work very hard on these articles and it’s so good to have feedback and know that I’m doing it right. Thank you for taking the time to do that.



    July 23, 2015 at 9:37 am

    it was self explanatory and i could do it. thank you.


  9. jhawkes2013

    August 3, 2015 at 2:20 am

    Fantastic website!!! Easy to follow and great layout 😀
    I was able to google the specific term to work it out on my mac version
    You make learning FUN


  10. Mickey Thurman

    August 24, 2015 at 10:58 pm

    thanks for the great super-easy instructions! Saved me time today.


  11. Nancy Fairchild

    August 25, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    Thanks, this was very helpful. Now I just installed Windows 10 on my Surface Pro, and when I hover over the Excel icon in the tray below, it no longer shows the multiple worksheets I have open, only the one I’m on. Any idea how to make it show all the spreadsheets that are open so I can switch between them?


    • Liz Dexter

      August 26, 2015 at 7:18 am

      Thanks for your comment, Nancy – as to my question, I’m afraid I don’t have Windows 10 yet and have no experience with a Surface Pro, so I can’t help you on that one without Googling what you can Google yourself without having to wait for me to get round to doing it. Maybe you can pop the solution down here when you find it, in case that helps anyone else in future? Good luck!


  12. sam

    September 14, 2015 at 12:35 am

    Excellent it works for me !


  13. Wagner02

    November 5, 2015 at 6:34 am

    thanks it’s helpfull.


  14. Anilkumar

    December 23, 2015 at 10:05 am

    Thank you So much for posting this.. this helps a lot for me.


  15. Erin

    January 5, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    Hi – when I follow these instructions, each time I open up this file it now opens in 2 windows … how can I stop this from happening? I have double clicked the title as your article says, but still each time I open the file it opens twice …


    • Liz Dexter

      January 10, 2016 at 5:47 pm

      You should then be able to put the windows side by side, does that not work?


    • David Mohr

      January 22, 2016 at 9:54 pm

      Hello Erin. I had this same problem today. What I did was Arrange All Horizontally, then double-click on the title (which maximized one) then I pressed the little x (top right corner of window) which caused that window to close. I then double-clicked on the title bar again on the remaining window, clicked the x to close, SAVED the sheet and the extra hidden sheet no longer opened with the file. I hope this works for you as well.


  16. Colin Williams

    January 16, 2016 at 8:42 am

    Is there a wy to view multiple worksheets in Excel for Macs 2016?? This is such a useful feature on 2008 (my last vs) it is hard to understand why it has not been maintained as it was in later versions.
    Hope someone can assist with this – very frustrating and disappointing having gone to the expense and trouble of downloading 2016 (Office Home and Student).


    • Liz Dexter

      January 16, 2016 at 11:31 am

      I’m afraid I don’t deal with Excel for Mac here, but I’ll leave your question up in case anyone comes by and can answer it.


  17. John PIckering

    January 28, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    After displaying multiple worksheets in a single view, I left Excel for another application. When I come back to Excel, the sheets are no longer displayed in a single view. This did not happen in older versions of Excel. Is there any way to keep my multiple worksheets displayed a a single window in Excel 2013 and 2016?


    • Colin Williams

      January 30, 2016 at 2:14 pm

      Deathly silence follows all my efforts to find a solution for Mac vs of Excel 2016. This includes from MS. Earlier versions were easily understood, so why the apparent road block with 2016??


      • Liz Dexter

        January 30, 2016 at 2:19 pm

        I’m sorry – as I said in my original reply, I don’t work with Macs myself so can’t give you an answer. I left the question published in case anyone stopped by and had an answer, but I can’t force anyone to do this. I am an individual blogger, so I’m limited by my own resources to a large extent, I’m afraid.


        • Colin Williams

          January 31, 2016 at 12:10 am

          Sorry Liz. I did read your response and appreciate your involvement in maintaining the exposure in this venue. I have tried other avenues, including MS help but no acknowledgements. It’s as if people do not want to know, which is a little puzzling in this new world of IT!
          Thanks for your interest.


  18. JUNNU

    March 8, 2016 at 6:32 am

    thanq for use full information


  19. Amy

    March 9, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    Thank you! Instructions are so clear!


  20. Tony Degnen

    March 15, 2016 at 9:19 am

    Excellent. I’ve been wondering how I can do this. Very clearly explained – worked first time (in Windows 10). Thank you.


  21. ramez

    June 27, 2016 at 7:50 am

    thanks a lot, very helpful


  22. Thangamani

    July 24, 2016 at 11:57 am

    Dear all,
    could you please assist for me, i am using for two different name excel files, now i will do enter the data to 1st file means parallel automatically upload 2st file. (expected some columns data only). How if can any possible.


    • Liz Dexter

      July 25, 2016 at 8:44 am

      Thank you for your question. I’m not sure what you mean. Do you mean that every column on your 2nd spreadsheet is automatically filling with data from your first one? If so, I would clear the 2nd spreadsheet and start again, putting =[cell in spreadsheet 1] into just the cells in Spreadsheet 2 that you want to automatically fill.


  23. Scott Brennan

    March 8, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    I have been doing this for years, all of a sudden, the new excel window opens as blank, no matter what I do. This was working fine until yesterday, now it won’t. What is wierder is that I found a few files that this will work with, but most it won’t…


    • Liz Dexter

      March 8, 2017 at 4:32 pm

      Hm, not sure what the reason would be for that. Do you have a subscription version or need to run an update?


    • Carl

      April 5, 2017 at 1:51 pm

      Scott, This just started happening to me on a spreadsheet that I have used for years and viewed side by side. Now when I View, New Window, i get a blank page – sort of, header is there, grid is not there. When I close it, the original sheet closes, so they are connected,
      Have you figured it out yet? thanks,


  24. Sahun

    April 12, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    I have Excel 2016. It doesnt work on 2016 version. If it does, please show me how it works for Excel 2016.


  25. Dee

    July 7, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    Thanks!! Found this SUPER helpful!! Been suffering at work clicking between sheets just to see and compare numbers. But God bless you. That is so OVER!!!!!!!! Thanks a mighty million!!!!!!!!


    • Liz Dexter

      July 10, 2017 at 6:54 am

      You’re welcome, and thank you for your enthusiasm!


  26. Pauline

    September 17, 2017 at 11:38 pm

    Hello Liz I have recently discovered how to open 2 tabs (sheets) simultaneously which is great but the next time I open the workbook it assumes I want to view the 2 sheets simultaneously again and automatically opens both. Is there any way to stop this from happening? Thanks for your help.


    • Liz Dexter

      September 19, 2017 at 7:18 am

      Unfortunately, you have to do the procedure all over again each time you open them, because it thinks it knows what you want and is being helpful!



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