Let’s examine how to split screen in Windows 10/11 to effectively multitask.
Split-screen is one of the numerous Windows hidden capabilities that most users are unaware of. This was something I desperately needed, as my 2-year-old often requests that I play something on YouTube. Instead, I would disagree and hand him one of my old laptops, just to watch him destroy its keyboard. Thanks to the split-screen capability in Windows, this will no longer be the case.
On a more serious note, instead of constantly switching windows, the task can be accomplished by dividing the screen. Let’s now examine how to split the screen in Windows 10/11. Notably, this article describes three Windows split-screen methods:
- Manually dragging windows (Windows 10/11)
- Utilizing shortcut keys (Windows 10/11)
- Using the Windows split option (Exclusive to Windows 11)
But first, ensure that Snap windows is enabled in settings:
- Users of Windows 10 can click to Settings > Multitasking to verify the Snap windows switch is on.
- Users of Windows 11 can do the same by navigating to Settings > System > Multitasking and ensuring that Snap Windows is enabled.
Now let’s divide the screen into two, then three, and finally four halves.
Split Screen in 2 on Windows 10/11
This is a straightforward matter. Simply hold and drag the window to either side until the split indicator appears.
You can then repeat this process for the other window to divide the screen in two. In addition, you may adjust the size of the divide by dragging the boundary.
However, there is a limitation to how detailed an application can be. I could only accommodate Slack, with the other window taking up more than 75% of the available space.
You can also utilize keyboard shortcuts as an alternative.
Open the window in question, hold down the Windows key, then hit the left arrow key to position it on the left side of the screen. Then, position the second window on the opposite half by holding and tapping.
Split Screen in 3 in Windows 10/11
Splitting Screen in 3 involves the following arrangement:
The simplest way to achieve this combination is by dragging each window individually.
- However, we will also attempt to duplicate this using keyboard shortcuts.
- To accomplish this, open the first window and position it on the left side by pressing the Windows key plus the left arrow key
- Next, open the second window, hold, then tap, then.
Please note that the Windows + Up/Down arrows can also be used to maximize/restore windows.
Therefore, do not maximize the windows you intend to place in corners. Instead, leave it somewhere in the middle and proceed with the previously mentioned key combination.
If you don’t see the alternatives, simply hold, press and release, and tap. Windows provided ideas to fill the bottom right quadrant, but if you don’t see them, you may simply hold, press and release, and tap.
Split Screen in 4 in Windows 10/11
Let’s divide the screen into four sections by dragging each to a corner for the final time. Alternately, we can accomplish this with Windows shortcuts. Please refrain from maximizing any window size. Listed below are the steps:
- Unlock the first door. Hold, then press and to position it in the upper left corner.
- Afterward, open the subsequent. Hold, then press and to send it beneath the first.
- Then, place the third window in the upper right quadrant by holding, tapping, and then.
- Similarly, fix the final one in the remaining space by holding and successively pressing and.
These were the Windows 10 and 11-compatible methods. The technique described in the next section is limited to Windows 11 users.
Split Screen for Microsoft Windows 11
On Windows 11, you can select the layout (2, 3, or 4 divisions) by hovering over the maximize/restore button and then successively filling the desired place.
However, you must use the same format for all of your choices. Otherwise, the arrangement will continue to change with each stage, and you will not see the desired final split.
It is comparable to solving a jigsaw puzzle and placing each component individually.
So much for dividing the display into 2, 3, or 4 portions on Windows 10 and 11. Arguably, Windows 11 users can do the task faster without dragging or shortcuts. And it’s terrible that Microsoft prevented those with different hardware from receiving this upgrade. Fret not! There are three techniques available for installing Windows 11 on unsupported hardware.