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TracyLouisMarie-6570 asked CharlesKenyon-8472 commented

Is the microsoft trial version exactly like the purchased version?

In the trial version I do not have "side by side" view like in the purchased version.

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CharlesKenyon-8472 answered

Yes, it is the same if you are talking about Microsoft 365, which is the trial version with which I am familiar. The difference is that the ability to use the trial version expires at the end of the trial. The paid version continues working as long as you pay the subscription.

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TracyLouisMarie-6570 answered StefanBlom-6438 edited

The 365 trial version is missing some features that I enjoyed in my purchased Word and Excel version at my work. Does the trail version of 365 had limited features? Specifically the "view" menu is missing " view side by side".

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The trial version of Microsoft 365 has all the features found in Word 2021 plus. This includes "View Side by Side" in the View tab.
Are you perhaps using the Browser version rather than the desktop application?

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Hi @TracyLouisMarie-6570

Can you tell us how did you install this trial version of Microsoft 365 Apps?
Is Office currently in the valid trial period?

Sometimes, because of the update channel of Microsoft 365 Apps, version name, or version number, etc., there will be differences in functionality.

It's recommened to go to Options > Customize Ribbon , under "Customize the Ribbon:" on the far right, look for "Main Tabs" > "View" > "Windows", check whether there is "View Side by Side".
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IF not, you can locate to "Choose commands from:", select " All Commands" and try to find "View Side by Side".
Once you find it, you can click "New Group" and add it to the new group.

IF you do not find "View Side by Side" as above steps, for better analysis, could you please take some screenshots and paste here?
I would suggest you go to Word > Account > Product Information, check the Version Name and Version Numbet.
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Thanks for your understandings.


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Hi @TracyLouisMarie-6570

I am checking this thread, if there is any issue or update, welcome to post back.

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