OneNote Side-by-Side

I got an email from a blog reader and I wanted to share my answer with everyone since I don’t think there were any blog post about this.  The question was this:

It would be really useful to be able to view two tabs (i.e., notebook sections) side by side on the screen. Sometimes one needs to compare two types of information and this would make it much easier and far more efficient.

I realized that I do this all of the time and I thought I would share my tip with you all, here is how I do it:

  1. Open OneNote
  2. Open another window of OneNote, most of you might not know this but you can open multiple OneNote windows, just hit Ctrl-M or look in the Window menu:
  3. Navigate the two pages to the locations that you want.
  4. Now that you have two OneNote windows open look on the Windows taskbar and look for the two OneNote windows.  While viewing on window of OneNote (in this case page 1) hot Control (CTRL) and right-click on the second OneNote window:
  5. Choose “Show Windows Side By Side”
  6. Now you are done!  For extra writing area hit F11 on each OneNote window to enter full page view and you will get something like this:
  7. Just hit F11 to open the full UI again.

This works pretty well and I use this quite often when I am consolidating notes and information.  It is great when you have a widescreen monitor (which I am fortunate to have).

Try it out and let me know if you have any comments/suggestions/let me know if you use it often!

Comments (18)

  1. David says:

    I was looking for this solution only last week!

    I am trying this on OneNote 2007 and XP and I dont seem to be able to find the option.  Is this a Vista option?


  2. I use this all the time too. Under XP the option is Tile Vertically ( and not side-by-side)


  3. Alceste says:

    This only works if you do not group several windows for the same program into a single item on the taskbar, I think.

  4. cr0ft says:

    Winsplit Revolution will allow you to tile windows even easier, with keypresses. Check it out at

    ctrl-alt-4 (numpad 4) and the window uses half the screen to the left. Select the next window and do ctrl-alt-6 and that uses the half on the right. Very useful especially on larger screens.

  5. There is an inking issue that I have noticed (I haven’t tried this since installing the service pack).  When I have two instances of OneNote open that are on the same Notebook, section, AND page, my inking will be ruined if I ink anywhere in the middle of the page (in between inking).  This is my only problem with this solution.  I always used multiple instances when using OneNote, but I had to make certain that I wasn’t editing the same page.

  6. says:

    If you right click on the task bar you get these same options. They will tile all windows you have open on the desktop. a little simpler.

  7. Steve says:


    I had time and again cussed OneNote for not having a way to do this.  I kept trying to open new page.  DOH!

    Wish this tip was given higher visibility to new/ongoing users.


  8. David Montreal says:

    This works in XP too.  Just select the windows you want to tile or cascade while holding the ctrl key to select several windows, then right click to access the different tiling options.

  9. Nick says:

    You are the MAN!  Thank you!!!

  10. Ryan Tani says:

    just what i was looking for! thank you very much!

  11. pfefi says:

    Excellent!  This is simple, straightforward, and exactly what I was looking for.  I will be using the CTRL + Right Click all the time now, too. The screenshots are also super helpful.  Thanks!

  12. KER says:

    THANK YOU!! I was really curious about how to do this.

  13. Mike says:

    Never realized this was here, thanks!

  14. phillippe says:

    didn't get it to work in win xp

    your images don't show up


  15. Lisa says:

    Of Course! I don't know if you will still get this comment, but thank you for the obvious, but obviously not so obvious answer. If it was really that obvious, we all would have thought of it…Thank you!

  16. Amolpbhavsar says:


    this really helped me.

  17. K says:

    My opinion: suggested is not a solution. Two windows=too much hassle. Also need two and more notes side by side often and will not purchase onenote because it cannot do that (quickly) and cannot do some other things too.

  18. Baron Von Titiwinkle III says:

    legen…….. wait for it……..dary!!!!

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