Splitting the Window

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated August 7, 2018)

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Word allows you to create split windows, each of which allows you to look at a different portion of your document. You can also use the split windows to view your document in different views. To split the window, display the View tab of the ribbon and then, in the Windows group, click the Split tool.

When you split the window, Word places a horizontal split bar on the screen. This split bar can be easily positioned by moving it with the mouse. When you click on the mouse button, the bar is placed exactly where you clicked.

If you want to cancel the split, simply press Esc before you click the mouse button to place the split bar.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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2018-12-22 11:00:23

Lilli Hausenfluck

Peter, I miss that feature, too. I think it was a design change because I have been unable to find a way to restore that small double line. By the way, I finally figured out how to return to the document location in the screen I choose. I used to think it was random, but if you want to be in the document location on the top screen, swipe the line down to return to one screen and if you want to be in the document location showing on the bottom screen, swipe the line up. Merry Christmas!


2018-12-21 22:19:22

Peter Kirkpatrick

Earlier versions of Word had a small double line set at the top of the vertical scroll bar. You could split the screen by dragging down on that line. My current version no longer has that option. Is there a setting which would make it visible? Or is it a design change by Microsoft so that this option is no longer available?


2018-10-07 04:16:51

Byron Simmonds

Thank you Lilli. This has been bugging me for quite some time now.


2018-08-07 10:06:40

Lilli Hausenfluck

The keyboard shortcut for toggling the split screen on and off is Ctrl+Alt+S. You can also return to one screen by clicking and holding the split line and swiping it to the top or bottom of the screen. The split screen is excellent for comparing text in different parts of a document, such as holding the table of contents on the top screen and scrolling through the document to ensure TOC entries and page numbers are correct.


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