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How to split your screen on Windows 10

How to split your screen on Windows 10

You can split your screen on Windows 10 by either using Snap Assist to snap windows side by side or using keyboard shortcuts. It enables you to divide the screen into halves, thirds, or quarters for multitasking.

Windows-snapping and screen-splitting features have solid expediency and even MacOS would end up implementing them years later.

Screen splitting makes it easier to switch or copy-paste between windows and see information from multiple sources simultaneously. It bolsters multitasking and gets great deal of work done in shorter amount of time, with better support for high-resolution displays and multiple monitors.

How to split your screen on Windows 10

Microsoft pioneered window-snapping, which permits you to drag a window to the corner of the screen until it snaps into place. Then you select another window to take up the remaining half of the screen. Now, years on, this feature has upgraded, with additional possibilities incorporated like four-way splitting and the PowerToys app.

Here are multiple ways to split your screen along with keyboard shortcuts.

Split your screen on Windows 10 using Snap Assist

Snap Assist is one of the major contributors to split-screen multitasking in Windows 10. It enables users to select an open application from all the applications in use, appearing as thumbnails.

1. Choose the window you want to snap to one half of the screen, then drag it by its title bar to either left or right edge of the display.

2. An outline will appear, guide it to snap the selected window into the outlined position by holding the Windows key and the Left or Right arrow key and release the mouse.

3. All other open windows and programs will appear as smaller thumbnails on the empty half of the screen.

4. Click on the other program window. It will fill to the opposite half. If you don’t choose any application and the selection grid vanishes, drag your second window to the edge of the other side.

5. To resize the snapped windows, hover the cursor over the dividing line to the point it shifts to a two-headed arrow. Tap and drag this arrow to adjust the amount of space each window takes up.

Note:
If Snap Assist is unable to work properly, check your start-up applications. Apps that automatically launch once you log into Windows, can interrupt with working of Snap Assist. Simply disable them for a quick fix.

Split screen into four windows

If you have a large or high-resolution display, you can further split your screen four ways. Each window will take up only a quarter of your screen by snapping on corners using Corner Snap. This process is similar to splitting the screen in half.

1. Choose the first window you want to snap to one corner of the screen.

2. An outline will appear, guide it to snap the selected window into the outlined position by holding the Windows key and the Left or Right arrow key and release the mouse.

3. All other open windows and programs will appear as smaller thumbnails on the other half of the screen.

4. With the first active window in a corner, drag and drop your second window into other corner.

5. Repeat the same steps for pinning your remaining two programs in available corners.

6. At any time you can unsnap a window by dragging its title bar away from the allotted corner.

Note:
If you go for quarter splitting, resolution below 1440p (2560 × 1440) will become a hindrance. As you’ll struggle to discern in any of the windows.

Split screen keyboard shortcuts

Using keyboard shortcuts is a faster way to split windows. If your work requires you to snap windows frequently, habituate to it once or thrice and it will become second nature.

Snap a window to the left or right: Windows key + left/right

Snap a window to one corner/quarter of the screen: Windows key + left/right arrow + up/down arrow key

Make a window full-screen: Windows key + up arrow until the screen is full again

Expand a quarter-window to a half-window: Windows key + up/down arrow

Snap windows in a dual-monitor setup:
Windows key + right arrow to snap the window to the right half of the first screen. Repeat the step to shift it over to the second screen.

Disabling and adjusting Snap Assist

If Snap Assist is not working properly, you can disable it easily.

1. Launch Snap Assist and tap the gear icon to open up the Settings app.

2.  Select System. Scroll down in the drop-down on the left. Tap Multitasking.

3. Tap the Toggle located under the Snap windows option and toggle this feature off.

 Split screen when using two monitors

In case you drag a window over to the edge of the first monitor, it will be pulled over to your second monitor automatically. To keep it to the same screen in the dual monitor setup use the following guidelines.

1. Choose and drag the window slowly to the corner of the first screen.

2. Once the snap outline appears for that window, release the mouse before it shifts to the other monitor.

3.  Similarly, you can use keyboard shortcuts to easily snap between your two monitors. Press Windows key + right arrow to snap the window to the right half of the first screen. Repeat the step to shift it over to the second screen and so on.

Use PowerToys

To enhance your experience of the Windows’ snapping feature, you can use Microsoft PowerToys which unlocks various options to customize the split windows.

One of its features is FancyZones, which allows you to readjust the snapped windows into thirds of your screen, split them horizontally etc.

Here’s how you can manage the PowerToys app.

1. Install PowerToys, and allow run it as administrator.

2. Tap FancyZones in the left-hand pane and launch layout editor

3. You can choose from various options under this section like layout of the snapped screen, space between them etc.  In order to split screen in more than two parts you will require a device with resolution of 1440p or higher.

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