How can I open PowerPoint twice so I can view two presentations, one on each screen of my dual monitor set up?
As M'vy points out, it's not really possible right now without running the other copy in a separate user space (i.e. by using
RunAs). Aside from running it twice, perhaps you could stretch it across both monitors and then open both presentations.
From the PPTFaq site:
- If PowerPoint is maximized, click the "Restore Down" button (the one to the left of the "Make it Go Away" X in the upper right hand corner).
- Drag the lower right hand corner to the right to expand the PPT screen onto the second monitor.
- Open two presentations
- Choose Window, Arrange All from the main menu bar.
Note that two PowerPoint items in the taskbar is not the same as two instances of PowerPoint.
If you look at your task list/processes, you'll only see one instance of Powerpnt.exe, and you'll also find that you can't work in multiple independent PPT windows, each with its own ribbon or toolbar/menu UI.
For that, as has been pointed out, you need to resort to multiple user tricks or bump to PPT 2010.
I'm going to go ahead and post this as an answer because it took me about 20 minutes to figure it out. Really, this is just a work-around but nothing else I found worked or wasn't practical for my situation (like creating a second user).
Save your Power Point as a PDF. Open up multiple instances of your PDF viewer (Adobe, browser, whatever).
Actually click on the PPT files, don't just click the shortcut to open Office 2007 in the start menu. I just did this and attached a screen shot of my task bar. You can see the two instances to the right. I do not have dual monitors to show the whole application open.
As a note, in Office 2010, it will actually open a new instance of PowerPoint even from the Start menu. I also tested this as I use 2010 primarily.
Open power point and when you have 2 monitors.... select Slide show tab... then on the far right of the menu select ... show presentation on- (what monitor you choose) then open the other power point and it will open on the other monitor and set the first power point in slide show and scroll up and down in it so you can compare the 2 power points and edit the 2nd power point off the first power point's info... it is a trick when you want to keep a copy of a PPT and update / make another one with the info without bouncing back and forth off the task bar...
Works for Office 2007....
I found that I could show two presentations in PPT 2007 at once by opening two files in PPT, then using View | Arrange All and then starting the slide show on each. They of course must be set to run in a window, not Full Screen. It does not matter if I have one monitor or two. The only restriction is that the presentations must all run within the "big" window. For example, you can't have a PDF visible in between the two PPT presentations, but you can of course re-arrange and re-size the shows within the "big" PPT window. Jerry
From the Windows 7 task bar:
- right click the PowerPoint 2007 icon to open the jump list
- select 'Microsoft PowerPoint 2007'
This should launch another instance of PowerPoint 2007 (this can be used to launch another instance of almost all applications). I used this frequently before upgrading to Office 2010 with Excel 20007.
i was able to get multiple instances of ppt running by doing the following
i had multiple slides opened at the same time then i "arranged all" from the view menu in the toolbar.
after doing this, every other slide that i opened would do so in a seperate instance of ppt.
using ppt from office 12 by the way.