Split Pane: Great when writing or editing
When I’m undertaking major edits, I find it helpful at times to be able to have two parts of my document on the screen at one time.
Microsoft Word gives you the option to make a split pane so that you can view two sections of a work simultaneously. It’s simple to do. Once you’ve tried it, you’ll find yourself using it again and again.
When would you use Split Pane?
Maybe you want to compare the beginning of a story with the ending. Rather than printing out both parts to compare, or scrolling back and forth, you can use Split Pane to see both at the same time on your screen.
If you’re writing a long work–a report, a dissertation or a novel–Split Pane will save you countless headaches as you edit. For example, you may want to move a section of your manuscript to another location.
You split the window into two panes. Then scroll down in each pane until:
Pane 1 displays the material you want to move and
Pane 2 displays the point in your manuscript where you want to move it.
To move the material, all you do is select it, then drag it across the ‘split’ to its new location. How easy compared to copying or cutting, then scrolling through page after page to get to the point where you want to paste it.
How to make the Split Pane
At the top right-hand corner of the vertical scroll bar, you’ll see a split box. It has an upward arrowhead in the lower section, and is blank in the upper section.
Position the cursor on the vertical tool bar. The cursor image becomes an arrow. Then move your mouse, moving the cursor up to the split box’s horizontal line. The cursor will turn into a horizontal line.
Keeping your finger down on the mouse control, select and drag the horizontal line down, then release it. You now have a split screen.
- You can select the horizontal line again and drag it up or down to change the size of the second screen.
- To return to a single window, double-click the split bar, or select and drag it back up to the top.