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).
Greg Rochon commented
You can download ProjectViewer (HOUSATONIC SOFTWARE INC.) in the Microsoft store and use that to open a second .MPP file in a separate window.
It is absurb that Excel has this feature and Project doesn't
Incredibly annoying that we still cannot do this. IT IS ALMOST 2020!! Microsoft, get your sh!t together and make it work.
Has anyone tried this solution: "Link projects to create a master project" - this seems to address the original issue and also provide a linkage between the subprojects & the master project.
The workaround given below by Mr. Medri did work for me, mostly. It opens the 2nd instance in MS Internet Explorer. The editing of this 2nd instance was more cumbersome, however, as internet explorer seemed to struggle a bit with it. Also, I could not get to any of the tabs in the 2nd instance. This solution seems ok for at least viewing a 2nd project while you work on another project.
Edward Medri commented
WORK AROUND (MS Project 2016)
1) Open one project file with MS Project (double click on the *.MPP file)
2) Open second project file with Internet Explorer (right click on the *.MPP file and Open With)
--- A Dialog Box Message will pop up with following text,
"What do you want to do with filename.mpp?"
--- Select "Open".
--- Then the Internet Explorer window will have no content (blank page). It is OK.
--- Switch back to MS Project to view a new Dialog Box Message with the following text,
"Project Cannot Open the File".
VOILA ! !
You now have two separate windows, with two different filenames projects that are each editable and savable.
Note: When you save with new filename, it will create and save BUT does not display/update in the browser.
Zubair Maqsood commented
Why is this feature still not here? Who decided to make everyone life a living **** by not including this feature.
As long as this thread has been going on, it is clear that MS has no plan to make the life of everyone better or easier. So my company is looking for something better. Maybe if enough companies do this, they will fix this POS product.
use Project Plan 365 App; its an app for chrome
Here is simple work around if you are using two monitors:
1) Set display to "Extended Desktop"
2) Open MS Project
3) Stretch MS Project window across BOTH screens
4) DON'T stretch window to very top of screen or project window will collapse into that monitor
5) Open both project files
6) On View tab, click on Arrange All
7) Drag one project to left monitor and second project to right monitor
There you go!!
Alejandro Lara commented
Please, we need to have the option to work on 2 separate windows of MS Project, I don get why MS is not giving us this feature
You can do this!!!!! Open the files you want to compare. Then go to the VIEW menu, select Arrange All.
Its very frustrating not to be able to split between two monitors. You can have two projects on the same screen, but its very cramped. I did this through View Tab/Window group/Split.
Kayla Holland commented
I tweeted this frustration and was told to express this frustration here.
So. Hi. I am frustrated that I can’t open two separate windows of MS project. I work with multiple monitors. There. That’s the comment.
Just found this thread searching for this issue out of frustration.
Sad to see that there is no solution to this other than to work around it by fiddling with window sizes within the single instance. Not a fun thing to be doing on multiple displays.
George Thompson commented
How is this not a feature? You can do it with Excel, PowerPoint and Word (and even more Microsoft products). I also bet that Microsoft Project was built off of recycled code from these programs, which would mean that someone made the deliberate decision to prevent this feature. Why, just why?
I agree that this feature would be extremely helpful.
As a tip: you can export a project to PDF so you can open it in that format in a separate monitor - no need to print - save the paper!
SOOOOO Need this feature!!! Good grief this is a hard one to deal with.
Need this feature so badly