View Two PowerPoint Presentations at the Same Time

Compare Two PowerPoint Presentations Side by Side

Arrange All Screenshot

Are you looking for a way to view two Powerpoint presentations at the same time? Yes, it's possible and there are many reasons for wanting to see presentations side by side. Here are some of the most common:

  • You have received an updated version of the same presentation that you were working on, and now want to see what changes have been made in the edited version.
  • You may be looking at two versions of the seemingly same presentation. Perhaps you may want to compare last year's information with this year's information. Or you may want to determine which presentation has the newest content. Or you may even want to make sure that both presentations are identical, and then delete one of them.
  • Some slides may be present in both presentations, and you want to know which ones are repeated.
  • You may want to make a final check before sending one of the presentations to your boss or client.

You may have even more, or different reasons to compare presentations. Whatever the reason, it is very easy to view two (or more) PowerPoint presentations at the same time.

Steps to Compare Presentations in Desktop Versions of PowerPoint

In the following sections, we will explore how you can do this comparison in different versions of PowerPoint. 

PowerPoint 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016 for Windows

  1. Open two (or more) presentations.
  2. Access the View tab of the Ribbon in PowerPoint.
  3. Click the Arrange All button.
  4. PowerPoint will stack both or more presentations side by side.

You can now navigate between slides to compare them individually.

PowerPoint 2003 for Windows and Previous Versions

  1. Open two (or more) presentations.
  1. Access the View menu.
  2. Click the Arrange All option.
  3. PowerPoint will stack both or more presentations side by side.

You can now navigate between slides to compare them individually. 

PowerPoint 2011 and 2016 for Mac

  1. Open two (or more) presentations.

  2. Access the View menu.

  3. Click the Arrange All option.

  4. PowerPoint will stack both or more presentations side by side.

    Additionally, you can change the view in both arranged presentations to Slide Sorter view. This will allow you to easily copy slides between the two open presentations. Most of the time, you drag selected slides from one presentation to the other.

    Do note that the Arrange All option gets you best results if you use two presentations. If you want to arrange more than two presentations, you will need a much larger display to benefit.

    Steps to Compare Presentations in Non-Desktop Versions of PowerPoint

    Comparing presentations is an exercise that benefits from a larger screen that desktop versions of PowerPoint provide. Nevertheless, let us see how the other versions fare in this area:

    PowerPoint for iPad

    As of now, there is no way to view two or more presentations because you can only work with one presentation at a time in PowerPoint for iPad. 

    PowerPoint for iPhone

    As of now, there is no way currently to view two or more presentations at the same time in PowerPoint for iPhone.

    PowerPoint Mobile (For Windows Tablets such as Microsoft Surface)

    Although this version can work on hardware with larger screens, there is no option yet to compare slides.

    For all non-desktop versions of PowerPoint, you may find it easier to compare slides by thinking a little out of the box by placing the presentations on two different devices, as in two phones or two tablets and then comparing.

    Other than placing presentations side by side on the same device or even on multiple devices, desktop versions of PowerPoint allow you to use a Compare feature that even lets you merge presentation slides. Tutorials on using this Compare feature can be found on Indezine.com:

    Comparing and Merging Presentations in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

    Comapring and Merging Presentations in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

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