Is it possible to open two documents at the same time and display them side by side?

  • e.g. vertical split: the first document on the left and the second document on the right of the screen

This issue is discussed in this older post How can I see two tex-files in TeXstudio simultaneously? but the answer is unfortunately not clear to me.

Can you please explain it step-by-step?

  • To clarify: do you want to see the source code of both documents or do you want multiple pdfs? Commented Jan 29, 2019 at 23:16
  • I tried the accepted answer and my TexStudio crashed. Finally I decided to just open the second tex file in a different editor (Visual Studio Code). Commented Mar 15, 2022 at 11:11
  • 4 years have passed by,and this is still a shortcoming of this otherwise very good LaTeX editor...
    – Fabio
    Commented Oct 17, 2023 at 14:39

1 Answer 1



Yes, it is possible to split the editor window into horizontal or vertical panes by opening two files then clicking on the tabs


  1. Open at least two files (see note 1) --> or step 2 is greyed out.
  2. Right-click on tab you want to Move to split view (Picture in preparation)
  3. Select "move to other view"
  4. If you want to split the screen horizontally, see note 2 enter image description here


  1. I have not been able to have two views of one file unless you save the first to a different name and reopen as per the example that you link to.
  2. It is confusing that Split Horizontally and Vertically seem to be the opposite of intended like it is a STATUS indicator and toggle AFTER you move one file to the other view
  3. Try Read-Only on one file to avoid editing the wrong file accidentally.

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