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 think the way MS wants you to do this is to link the two projects together in a master project; they become subprojects in the master project.
Then you can copy and paste tasks from one to another...
I'm using Project Pro to do some detailed integration/implementation planning for a client. I used to love early versions of it, so imagine my surprise when purchasing the current version - which is just as clunky and not-smart as versions 10+ years old or older. I like the smoother calculations and determinations, but seriously: allow the same keyboard shortcuts that people use across the MS ecosystem to also work in Project Pro. Allow the ability to open more than one instance, or easily enable multi-project comparisons within the same window. Astounding this is still not a capability. What do you use, Microsoft team, when you need to plan detailed projects? Asana? Smartsheets? Trello?
Valrie Dyhouse commented
Here is a work around which may get Microsoft off the fence on this feature. If you need to consult or move tasks from one project to another, you can open the 'donor' plan in ProjectLibre (free open source alternative to MSProject). Many of the features are the same between the two, and the column orders are the same so it is reasonably easy to bring over task names, durations, and start dates.
Microsoft needs to be careful - if users find out, by being forced to use this work around, that maybe they don't need to pay for that expensive MS Project license, they could lose revenue.
Alister Bailey commented
FFS get your fingers out! this is long overdue!
Try using your own tools!
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)