Improved pane management

By Office Feature PM on February 20, 2020

Hi, I’m Daniel Fairweather, and I’m a Program Manager on the Office Shared Experiences team. I’m excited to share with you some news that will make moving between panes in your favorite Office apps… painless. 😉

Have you ever needed to use multiple panes, such as Comments, Design Ideas, and Help, while working on presentation in PowerPoint? If so, you may have noticed that the screen can get crowded when two or more panes are open. With Tabbed Panes, you can now use as many panes as you like without sacrificing precious screen real estate.

How It Works

Instead of opening side-by-side, panes now open as tabs. If you have more than one pane open, you’ll see only the most recently opened pane. The others are still available as individual tabs on the right side of the app and easily accessible. To switch between panes, simply click on the corresponding tabs.

Multiple panes opened in PowerPoint. Opened Panes show as individual tabs on the right side of the app.

Customize Your Experience

We understand that having panes side-by-side can sometimes be useful, so we’re giving you control over your experience. To specify that a specific pane should always be opened side-by-side, click the down arrow to the right of the pane name, and select Move out of Tab. The next time you open the pane, it will be displayed side-by-side. To move the pane back, open the same menu and select Move to Tab.

Drop down menu for a pane that has an option to move out of Tab.

Alternatively, you can also move panes to wherever you want by grabbing a tab and dragging it out of or into the tab strip on the right side of the app.


Tabbed Panes are available in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for Windows to Insider Fast users on Version 2003 (Build 12615.20000) or later. Insiders Slow will be receiving the feature in the coming months as we make a few additional improvements.


If you have any feedback or suggestions, you can submit them using the Help > Feedback menu. Learn more about what other information you should include in your feedback to ensure it’s actionable and reaches the right people. We’re excited to hear from you!

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