In this tutorial, we will learn how to divide the screen on Mac, allowing you to multitask and increase your productivity. Whether you’re working on a research paper, editing photos, or simply browsing the web, dividing your screen can be incredibly useful. Let’s get started!
Step 1: Open Mission Control
To begin, we need to open Mission Control. There are a few ways to do this:
- Option 1: Swipe up with three fingers on your trackpad.
- Option 2: Press the Mission Control key (F3) on your keyboard.
- Option 3: Click on the Mission Control icon in your Dock.
Step 2: Enter Split View
Once you have opened Mission Control, you will see all of your open windows displayed at the top of the screen. To enter Split View mode with a specific window:
- Navigate to the window you want to use in Split View mode.
- Click and hold on the window’s title bar.
- A pop-up menu will appear – Select “Enter Full Screen”.
- The window will enter Full Screen mode – Drag it to either side of the screen until you see a gray bar appear.
- Release the mouse button, and the window will snap into place. The other side of the screen will show thumbnails of your other open windows.
Step 3: Adjust Window Sizes in Split View
By default, both windows in Split View mode have an equal size. However, you can adjust the size to meet your preferences:
- Hover your cursor over the gray bar that separates the two windows.
- Click and hold, then drag the bar left or right to resize the windows.
- Release the mouse button when you’re satisfied with the sizes.
Step 4: Exit Split View
When you no longer need Split View, you can exit it by following these steps:
- Option 1: Hover your cursor over the green maximize button in either window and click on it.
- Option 2: Swipe up with three fingers on your trackpad to open Mission Control, then click on the window you want to exit from Split View.
- Option 3: Press the Mission Control key (F3) on your keyboard and click on the window you want to exit from Split View.
Tips for Using Split View:
Here are some additional tips to enhance your experience with Split View:
- Create new desktops: Drag a window upwards from Mission Control and drop it above an existing desktop thumbnail. This allows you to have multiple desktops with different Split Views.
- Navigate between spaces: Use Control + Left/Right Arrow keys, or swipe left or right with three fingers on your trackpad to switch between desktops.
- Merge windows in Split View: If you have two windows in Split View mode and want them combined into one, simply click and hold on the gray bar and drag it to either side of the screen until one window disappears.
That’s it! You now know how to divide the screen on your Mac using Split View. This feature is a game-changer when it comes to multitasking and maximizing your productivity.
Experiment with different window combinations and sizes to find what works best for you. Happy splitting!