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Secrets of the Office Masters: Side by Side with Office

In previous editions of this book, we complained about the inconsistent and sometimes user-hostile way that Office applications allow you to arrange open windows on the screen. Apparently, we weren't the only ones complaining. Office 2003 still includes an Arrange option on the Window menu for every program. Our advice? Fugeddaboutit. In Office 2003, Microsoft has added a new Compare Side By Side option to the Window menu in Word and Excel; this is absolutely, positively your preferred option when you need to place two documents alongside one another so you can compare their content and move or copy data from one to the other.


The Compare Side By Side option is grayed out until you have at least two documents or workbooks open. When you have exactly two documents open, the Compare Side By Side menu option changes to include the name of the other open document. If you have more than two documents or workbooks open, the menu changes to Compare Side By Side With… Click this menu in one of the files you want to use, and then choose the name of the other document from the Compare Side By Side dialog box.


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