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Open multiple instances of Project for side-by-side comparison

I want to be able to compare project plans side by side on multiple screens, similar to Word or Excel. This would require multiple instances of Project to be open at the same time (again, similar to Word or Excel).

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      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I just transitioned to a position requiring heavy project management and so I'm getting my first real exposure to Microsoft Project...

        WHY can't we have more than one instance of the application open at once?

        It's 2019. I'm certainly looking for a different software solution.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        this has been a request for multiple YEARS. Its the only office application that doesn't support this.

      • Kent commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I need this too, I have been looking for months on the ability to do this. All the other Office products can do this with no problem, why not MS Project?

      • Glenn commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Brooke has the right idea or probably the best solution so far. It's what I have done and what drove me to search to see if there was a way to do it with actually having two separate instances of project software open. So based on what I'm reading, "You Can't". Okay, but you can have two separate projects open in one instance of the program being open. It's much easier if you have dual screens on your desk.
        Open the project, click the "Restore Down" button in between the minimize and close button if you are in full screen. If you are NOT in full screen you don't need to do this. Resize the window to fill both screens. Open up your second project and place it in one screen and fill the other screen with the first project. Now you have two projects side by side. Which ever one you click on will be the active screen for modifying and savings. For most people, you will only be working on one and using another as a point of reference. Not ideal, but easy peasy.

      • Unhappy Project User commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Opening in Internet Explorer works, although I am not sure if there is any loss of functionality doing it this way, as I only used it to view and scroll through the project.

      • Dee commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Well actually you can show what you want but it is not done with a split screen, it is done with a duplicate window of the file. Here's how you do it.

        1. Make sure you only have the one Project file open

        2. Go to View/Window group/New Window

        3. The file you currently have open with be shown, so just hit "OK". That will create a second window for that file

        4. Go to View/Window group/Arrange All.

        That will give you two separate windows of the same file, one over the other (quasi-split screen). You can then select and scroll each window independently.

      • Blessey commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        You can use Internet Explorer to open the *.mpp you want to compare against.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        OMG...really??? With the complexity we have to manage, and MS is going to tie our hands like this?

      • Brooke commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I stumbled across a way to achieve this effect, but you only will have one MS Project instance open. If you open both files at the same time, you can shrink each file so it only fills half your screen at a time. Ribbon functionality seems to be tied to the "active" window; so if you change the view to the network diagram, for example, only the active file view will change.

      • Brooke commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Me too! I'm doing a PDF compare to try to fill the hole now, but it's insane this functionality is removed. That said, is it a function of Windows10 that is causing the issue, or is it Project?

      • vtk65 commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The problem is not in viewing multiple projects side by side but editing them

      • Non Aya commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Why the **** would they remove something that worked well before ? MS is going down the toilet. They are killing us with these dumb moves.

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