How To Split-Screen in Windows 10

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how to split screen in windows 10

Only the true masters of productivity know the true power of multitasking. The split-screen Windows 10 feature is a big selling point for the OS, allowing users to view up to four windows at once. 

It’s great for analytical work or any task that involved needing multiple sources live and in view at once. Also, it’s a great money saver for budget users or workers on the move who need to optimize that precious screen space without investing in a second screen.


The Split Screen Windows 10 Feature

Here are some basic steps to get you used to the split-screen Windows 10 feature.


Open Up The Programs You’ll Need

This one is a no-brainer, but you’ll need to have your applications open before starting to use the split screen Windows 10 feature. Open up your web browser, spreadsheets, and whatever else you need.


Slide To The Left, Slide To The Right (But No Crisscross)

Start by moving a window by the title bar to the left or right of the screen (Or use the keyboard shortcut “Windows key + left/right arrow”). As you do this you’ll see a pale outline of the Window position appear. Release your click to snap the Window into place


Select The Other App Needed

how to split screen in windows 10

You should now see all other applications appear in small boxes on the opposing side. Simply click the other one needed and the split-screen Windows 10 feature will snap it into place.


Adjust If Needed

Do you need one Window bigger than the rest? If you hover the mouse cursor in between the Windows, it will turn into a double-headed arrow which will allow you to adjust window sizes.


Have Up To Four Windows Open

If you’re sporting a big enough screen, the split screen Windows 10 feature will allow up to four windows to be snapped in at once. Here’s how:


It’s A Corner

Instead of dragging a window to the side of your screen, drag it into any suitable corner of your monitor screen. Release your click on the title bar to snap it into place. You can also use the following keyboard shortcuts: Windows key + left/right arrow then up/down arrow.


Rinse And Repeat

Now snap another application into place, this should bring up the thumbnail viewer again to let you snap another two windows in the leftover empty space. Just clicking will allow one window to fill the space, you’ll have to drag the thumbnail to the necessary corner and then drag your final app into the remaining corner.


Top Tips

To make a split-screen Windows 10 application full screen again or extend a quarter window into one half, just extend with your mouse cursor or hit Windows key + up arrow until the window fills the screen. If you no longer need to split screen Windows 10 feature, just drag the window away from its snapped position by holding down your click on the title bar.

After doing this a handful of times it will become second nature, and it looks like the split-screen Windows 10 feature is getting some quality of life improvements for Windows 11 too. For all things Windows, make sure to bookmark PC Guide.

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