How to Split Screen in OpenOffice


Split screen allows you to look at multiple parts of a document in one window. Open Office has both a horizontal split screen bar and a vertical one so you can create up to four split screen views in one window. Split screen is only available with spreadsheets in OpenOffice. As of April 2011, split screen for other document types is still under development.

  • Double-click the OpenOffice icon. Either choose "Open a document" to open an existing spreadsheet, or "Spreadsheet" to start a new document.

  • Decide whether you want to split the screen horizontally or vertically. Instructions to split horizontally will be given first, followed by how to split it vertically.

  • Locate the thin black rectangle above the scroll bar on the upper-right side of the screen.

  • Mouse over the black rectangle. The cursor becomes a line with two arrows pointing up and down.

  • Click and drag the arrowed line down. You'll see a thick black line move down with your mouse.

  • Drag the line to where you want the screen split and release the mouse button. You now have two independent scroll bars: one for the upper screen and one for the lower screen.

  • Create a vertical split screen using a similar process. Find the black rectangle on the right side of the lower scroll bar at the bottom of the window.

  • Roll your mouse over the lower-right black rectangle until a vertical line appears with arrows pointing left and right.

  • Drag the line to the left until you've created the split screen that you want. Release the mouse button and you'll have two independent views with separate scroll bars.

  • Use both split screen bars to create four independent views of your document.

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