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).
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
The fact we can't open two separate projects in two different windows is a joke. It might be time to start leveraging other project planning platforms if Microsoft can't fix what appears to be a pretty simple issue.
this feature is eargly needed.
I literally cant believe we aren't able to do this. So print copy to compare and change the other one FFS
Pat Coletta commented
doesn't work - I have extended view with two monitors but MSP won't let me view each file on a separate monitor.
So dumb and archaic. This has also bothered me for years. No clue why MS wont fix this problem. Must be able to open two different schedules on 2 different screens at the same time for comparison.
In your monitor setting, have your 2 monitors set to "Extended view". 2nd, open Project and expand it to cover both screens. Then open the 2 project files and resize them so each project file shows on the different screens
Not exactly two instances. Open the two project files. Minimize the project window, not MS Project. Resize the window. Do the same for the other project window. Granted, this is best for a HUGE single monitor. You can also go to view, arrange all. This resizes the windows horizontally not vertically.
So I cant do it! how very very very strange .....
Work with 2 screens and use both for comparisons and multi-tasking. The only way I can do a side-by-side comparison with MS Project is to print off both projects and do it on paper. Come on Microsoft, catch up with your own technology. This discussion has been around since the early days and you've still not resolved it.
As a Project Manager who works on multiple projects and compares new projects to existing projects, viewing more that one open window at a time would be invaluable.
Other software, browser tab windows. etc. all have this capability. When will MS make the update?