Open multiple Word 2003 documents in one window

Consolidate and streamline your Word document display to avoid the clutter of individual application windows.
Unlike its Office 2003 counterparts Excel and PowerPoint, Word 2003 does not let you rearrange document windows within a single program window. Unless you change the default view option, each Word documents exists in its own window with its own menus and toolbars. Consequently, when you use Arrange All to compare three documents on the screen at once, it looks like Figure A.

Figure A

To remove the screen clutter, follow these steps:

  1. Go to Tools | Options.
  2. Click the View tab, then deselect the Windows In Taskbar check box (Figure B) and click OK.

Figure B

Now all three documents will display without the clutter, as shown in Figure C.

Figure C

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It's an easily overlooked, useful tip. I did notice, however, that the version of Word used in the illustrations is not 2003, but 2007. It does work in Word 2003.

danasmith a free add-on that (among a lot of other features) allows Word to display a list of open documents, allowing easy switching from one to another (including cut/paste, etc.). No, I get nothing from this recommendation - no relationship to the creators/distributors/anyone associated with this.