You can split screen on Mac in an instant. By doing so, you not only divide the main screen into 2 halves so you can view two different windows at the same time but also make the job of copy-pasting items between windows easier. Find out how to use this mode to manage multiple tasks on a large screen display.
How to split screen on a Mac?
With Split View enabled and active, you can work on 2 different apps on your Mac screen, without moving and resizing windows manually. Here’s how to split screens on a Mac.
- Move the mouse cursor to the upper-left corner of your computer screen.
- Exit the Full-Screen option.
- Select the Tile Window to Right of Screen or Tile Window to Right of Screen option.
- Work windows side-by-side.
- Adjust the screen width by dragging the handlebar sideways.
- Make changes as desired.
- Exit split-screen mode when done.
Most apps on your Mac support Split View mode and split view shortcuts.
How to split screens on Macbook
You can easily adjust the size of windows on your Mac for distraction-free multitasking by simply clicking and dragging the edge. To get started, open an app and hover your mouse cursor over the full-screen button in the upper-left corner of a window.
Select the Exit Full Screen mode.
This will make 2 options visible namely,
- Tile window to left of the screen
- Tile window to the right of the screen.
For your currently, opened app, select the former option.
Your Desktop will resize to the other half of the screen, displaying the other opened window.
Select another app to use window side by side.
If you wish to swap the sides your app is on, simply drag the desired app’s toolbar to the opposite side. Also, if you would like an app to use more screens, drag the vertical line or the handlebar to adjust its size.
To view other apps in Split View, swipe with 4 fingers on your Trackpad.
When, in Split View, you can introduce the following changes.
- Make one side bigger – Move the pointer over the separator bar located in the middle, then drag it left or right. To return to the original sizes, double-click the separator bar.
- Change sides – click the window, then move the pointer to the top of the screen.
- Show the menu bar – Move the pointer towards the top screen to show the menu bar.
- Hide the menu bar – To hide the same, take the pointer away from the top of the screen.
- Show the Dock- Move the pointer close to the Dock’s location.
- Hide the Dock – Move the pointer away from the Dock’s location.
Why can’t I do Split Screen on my Mac?
Firstly, make sure the apps you are trying to open in the Split Screen mode are updated and support the feature.
If still, you can’t enter Split View then, do the following. Go to Apple menu > System Preferences and choose Mission Control.
Next, make sure that the Displays have separate Spaces box is checked.
How to exit split-screen on Mac?
When your job is done and you would like to exit the Split View mode, swipe up with 4 fingers or drag your fingers on your MacBook Trackpad. This will open Mission Control. Select an app and click on the Expand button in the upper-left corner of the Split View window to return to the app. Instantly, the remaining part of the app will automatically expand to occupy the entire screen.
What is the shortcut for Split Screen on Mac?
Press Ctrl+Command+F to enter full-screen mode. Then, hit F3 to show up Mission Control.
Now, drag another app onto the app you currently have in full-screen view and click the newly tiled app to switch to Split View mode.
Hope that makes sense!