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).
I can do this with excel, but not with MS Project.... I need this functionality, PLEASE PLEASE PLASE add into the roadmap!! Eternally grateful!
Daniel Moraes commented
YEARS. People have been asking for this for YEARS. MDI was great when you had one display. I literally don't know ANYONE who uses one display anymore (unless it's a massive 30+ inch display or out and about...and even then, that's why portable displays are prevalent!). Now, it's generally just annoying unless you have synchronized scrolling. Hence why Excel gives you the choice! Ugh. It's mind-blowingly stupid that this hasn't been changed.
Michael Hunter commented
Repeat of below comments. Microsoft, Arrange All is not a solution.
I also need to be able to move a window showing a different view of the same project to a separate screen, to see different parts of the project data, e.g. Gantt Chart and Resource Allocations. This is possible in Excel, Word etc. now.
Antoine massé commented
Common MS this is a basic requirement...!
No "arrange all" is not the same..
I have a laptop + docking station not aligned, to instances of project is the only way for me..
This is a defect of the product. Period.
Have a good day,
Mohamad Hachoui commented
1) open the 2 needed files and one extra random file
2) arrange all, will give one half screen and two quarters
3) move the last opened window to the screen bottom
4) drag the edge of the left quarter window to the opposite edge
None None commented
Wow for the hundreds of dollars for a license you'd think theyd include this. What a ripoff
Kirby Chitwood commented
So if you need to open two schedules side by side the only way to achieve this is to use the ‘Arrange All’ button in the ‘Window’ section of the ‘View’ Ribbon. This will display all open schedules side by side in the same instance of Microsoft Project.
Its actually better this way than having two different screens the schedules work in unison and its easy to make changes
If you have dual monitors, expand MS Project window across both monitors, re-size and arrange your project windows to be side-by-side.
So I guess all these years later, we are still having to copy of project into Excel and use that to compare a prior project or earlier version with the current project. What a huge fail!
Kim, Hyun Duck commented
I didn't know that's impossible. is it true?
I know I'm one of many project managers that has multiple projects running simultaneously, and when comparing them all side by side, it's very helpful to get them all next to each other. This functionality would be very useful.
Wow - was an idea first voiced in 2016. Looks like it wont be done soon then. Bugger!
As a workaround, used a virtual machine to have a seperate instance of Project and did it that way. Hacky and nasty, but that is the Microsoft way and always has been.
Must have option please
Beverley M commented
Ugh, no wonder I couldn't figure out how to do this, when I can do it for all other MS Office apps. I have two monitors, I want two windows open (not two panes within one window)
Taylor D commented
I agree opening two instances would be so helpful! I created a workaround that I admit leaves alot to be desired, but it can work for specific activities. If you restore down Project on one of your screens, then manually extend the width of Project to cover your second and/or third screen, you get a larger space to manually place the different project files so you can look at them side by side. Again, not even a good workaround, but does provide some specific functionality.
If you go to VIEW, WINDOW, you can ARANGE ALL
Seriously, why doesn't MS Project have the same functionality as other MS Apps. I understand the method of using 2 different tiles inside a window. It would be so much easier to use two different monitors. Sooo time consuming.
Marcius M G Souza commented
I did not agree...of course, it is an option but if you are full of dedicate in a project, you will not have to see another one in a same time.
I think it is easy way to take a mistake.