Do you usually work with several windows and tabs open? In that case, you may have spent a lot of time opening and checking each one of them. Or perhaps, you may have experienced opening several windows at once; a mail program to check your emails, a web browser for surfing the web, and a few other apps to do your work.
While you may already be accustomed to using the ALT + Tab keys to switch between windows, know that there is a much better and more convenient option: Windows 10 split screen.
Windows 10 PCs come with a built-in feature that allows users to split screen for multiple-window use. If you love to multitask or run two or more programs simultaneously, you can benefit from this feature. Run both apps on the same screen using the Split Screen feature!
How to Split Screen in Windows 10
The easiest way to split a screen in Windows 10 is with Snap Assist. It allows you to drag a window to one corner or the side of the screen. From there, you have to snap it to make room for other programs and apps.
To use it, the feature has to be enabled, though it should already be enabled by default. To enable Snap Assist, go to Start > Settings > System > Multitasking.
Now, to split your Windows 10 screen with Snap Assist, follow these steps:
- Open two or more apps or windows.
- Hover your mouse onto an empty space at the top of one window. Hold down the left mouse button, and slowly drag the window to the left corner of your screen. Move it as far as you can until your mouse no longer moves.
- Let go of the mouse click to snap the window.
- Find another active window you want to snap. Drag it to the right side of your screen.
- At this point, the two screens should be beside each other. To resize them, simply drag the line that separates them.
How to Split Screen in Windows 8 and 8.1
Most devices running Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 are touchscreens. If you have one, you can still use the snap feature to split screens. You even have the option to use your fingers or a mouse.
- Open two or more apps or windows.
- Hover your mouse over to an empty space at the top of either one window. Hold the left mouse button, and then drag the app to the left side of your screen. Move it as far as you can until your mouse can no longer move.
- Let go of the click to snap the application to the left side of your screen.
- Choose another active window and snap it to the right side of your screen.
- If you are using your fingers, position two windows on your screen one at a time.
How to Split Screen in Windows 7
In case you didn’t know, Windows 7 was the first-ever Windows operating system to support the Snap feature.
To use it, follow the instructions below:
- Open two windows.
- Hover your mouse over to an empty area at the top of an open window. Hold the left mouse button and drag the window to the left.
- Let go of your hold. The window will automatically take up the half portion of the screen.
- Do the same for the second window.
Shortcut Keys to Split Screen
To explore more on the split screen feature of Windows 10, here are some keyboard shortcuts you can try:
- Windows + Right Arrow keys: This will move the app window to the right half of the screen.
- Windows + Left Arrow keys: This will move the app window to the left half of the screen.
- Windows + Right Arrow + Up Arrow keys: This will move the app window to the upper-right portion of the screen.
- Windows + Left Arrow + Up Arrow keys: This will move the app window to the upper-left portion of the screen.
- Windows + Right Arrow + Down Arrow keys: This will move the app window to the bottom-right portion of the screen.
- Windows + Left Arrow + Down Arrow keys: This will move the app window to the bottom-left portion of the screen.
- Windows + Up Arrow keys: This will maximize the window.
- Windows + Down Arrow keys: This will minimize the window.
Split Screen Using Third-Party Tools
Now, what if you need to fit more than 6 windows into a screen? The good news is that there are third-party tools you can use to fit multiple windows into a screen. We’ve listed some of them below:
It is a modern window management program designed to allow users to easily layout multiple windows on a dynamic grid.
It is a program that makes windows management more convenient and easier. It allows you to define a visual grid on the desktop, where you can easily snap windows.
This program allows you to resize and move windows in a whole new way. Once launched, simply hold the ALT key. And then, click and drag a window.
4. Microsoft PowerToys
With this program, users can easily create window layouts for split screen. They can also rename files and resize images.
This program allows users to efficiently divide the screen into the same portions. It’s easy to use, too. Simply launch the tool and start clicking and dragging.
With this tool, you can divide your screen and increase your productivity. You can also set certain portions of your screen active on every virtual desktop.
7. Shutter Split Screen
This tool allows you to move and resize multiple windows and look at them at the same time.
Microsoft seems to have refined the Windows platform that it can now support different ways to view windows and get more work done. Which of the methods above is more convenient for you? Let us know in the comments!
If you are using the macOS platform, you may use the split view on Mac to divide your screen into two windows!