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That feature (the MDI interface) of Microsoft Office appears to be going, going, gone ... in Office 
2013/365 [;<).  It still exists in Office 2010 although in my work it is more annoying than 

In the Office 2013 preview, the Windows are separate and the side-by-side feature is gone from 
Excel. Even if you are in Excel with an open document, and you open another, it opens in another 
Excel window. This makes sense for the ways that Windows 7 and Windows 8 operate.  It also has the 
Office Apps usable in consistent ways whether running from the Web, on a desktop, or on other 
devices.  I don't know what the considerations were, but the simplification and consistency are 

 - Dennis

-----Original Message-----
From: Tom Davies [] 
Sent: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 04:40
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] Re: [] Split screen in half horizontally?

Hi :)  

People have discussed various different ways that tabs could be implemented in LibreOffice.  I 
would really like to see either of the main ways.  The only one i could understand was having each 
tab as a different document but there was an old word-processor that had something very useful for 
working on documents longer than 1 page or so.  Something like an advanced Navigation tool.  

In MS Office you can open more than one document and each one is opened inside the type of shell 
you see if you open LibreOffice without opening any document and just get the splash screen.  That 
way you can maximise the Word window and have 2 or more documents in any arrangement you like 
without having multiple instances of their ribbon-bar and menus taking up even more excessive 
screen real-estate.  

Regards from 

Tom :) 

From: Steve Edmonds <>
Cc: 'anne-ology' <>; 'Jorge' <>; 'Tom' 
<>; 'Dr. R. O Stapf' <>; 
Sent: Tuesday, 11 December 2012, 3:26
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] Re: [] Split screen in half horizontally?

Hi. I can see 2 other interpretations from Anne-ology message.
1. She wants to be able to open the file twice, to visually compare the 
instance initially (and still) on disc with the instance edited in ram.
2. She wants to be able to visually compare 2 parts (paragraphs) in the 
same document.

I used to do this many years ago on OS/2 in lotus or staroffice.
On 2012-12-11 15:41, Dennis E. Hamilton wrote:
Umm, if two Text (.odt) documents have not changed dramatically, does not the

    Edit | Compare Document ...

menu dialog provide a way of seeing how the currently open document is changed from another 

  - Dennis

-----Original Message-----
From: anne-ology []
Sent: Monday, December 10, 2012 15:39
To: Jorge
Cc: Tom; Dr. R. O Stapf;
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] Re: [] Split screen in half horizontally?

        I wish this were true ... using WIN [now 7], it's not  ;-(

        To be able to compare 2 versions side by side would be an asset -
often, I've wanted to remember how something was worded ... so I have to
close the document, open the other document then reverse the process
because both versions cannot be open at the same time -
              I've tried minimizing one document but it closes on its own
when the next document is opened -

        the computer is always a step ahead of me  ;-)

On Sat, Dec 8, 2012 at 3:26 PM, jorge <> wrote:

If I remember well...with LO you can compare two documents...and in
Ubuntu there are some programs to do the same


Jorge Rodríguez

El vie, 07-12-2012 a las 00:21 +0000, Tom Davies escribió:
Hi :)
Side-by-side is fairly easy on Win7 and Ubuntu 12.04.  Not sure about
others but it's got to have originated somewhere and is probably on the
cards elsewhere.  Not sure about synchronised scrolling though, that part
sounds like a good item for a feature-request / bug-report.

So, in Ubuntu 12.04 and Win7 just grab the first document's window and
drag it to the far left as though you are dragging it off-screen.  When a
weird shadow fills half the screen let go.  Whatever size and shape the
windo had been it now fills half the screen.  Do the same to the 2nd
document's window but drag it to the right.  Errr i choose left first just
because it feels more comfortable to me.  If you try to drag it off the top
of the screen then the window tries to maximise.

Of course you could use Alt Tab to flick between any windows on the
workspace you are on and that can be a good way to compare quickly.
Most Gnu&Linux distros also let you flick between different work-spaces
quickly so changes jump out at you that way too.  Windows users probably
aren't familiar with the spinning cube (which i can never get to work).  Of
course Ubuntu kinda lost that quick flick between workspaces in 11.04 using
Unity (unless i'm missing a key-combo (which is highly likely))
Regards from
Tom :)

From: Dr. R. O Stapf <>
Sent: Thursday, 6 December 2012, 23:10
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] Re: [] Split screen in
half horizontally?
This would realy be a good feature. I also miss the possibility to
compare to documents side by side
and synchronized scrolling. I hate to say it but this is a good feature
of MSO. Just hope that our
devs can add ti to LibO.

On 2012-12-05 20:50, Gilles wrote:
I agree. I also miss being able to split a document horizontally in
halves. It's very useful when going through a big document.

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