How to Make a Split Screen on Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

Split screen mode is a handy feature on Mac that allows you to view and work on two applications side by side. Whether you want to compare data, multitask efficiently, or simply have two apps open at the same time, split screen mode is a useful tool to have in your arsenal. In this tutorial, we will walk you through the steps to make a split screen on your Mac.

Step 1: Activate Split Screen Mode
To activate split screen mode on your Mac, follow these simple steps:

  1. Open the two applications you want to use in split screen.
  2. In the top-left corner of the window, click and hold the green full-screen button (⬜️) of one of the applications.
  3. A menu will appear with options for arranging the window.

Step 2: Choose a Layout
Once you’ve activated split screen mode, you can choose from several layout options:

  • Tile Window to Left of Screen: This option will place the selected application on the left side of your screen.
  • Tile Window to Right of Screen: This option will place the selected application on the right side of your screen.
  • Tiled Window on Left: This option will place both applications side by side with equal width.
  • Tiled Window on Right: This option will place both applications side by side with equal width.

Note: You can also access these layout options by using keyboard shortcuts. Press and hold Ctrl, then press and hold either F3, or if using a newer model with Touch Bar, press and hold the ⌘ Command key.

Step 3: Adjust Window Size
After selecting a layout, you may want to adjust the size of the windows. To do this:

  1. Move your cursor to the black vertical bar that separates the two applications.
  2. Your cursor will change to a double-sided arrow.
  3. Click and drag the bar left or right to resize the windows as desired.

Note: In some cases, certain applications may not allow you to adjust their window size in split screen mode.

Tips for Using Split Screen Mode Efficiently

While split screen mode is a fantastic feature, it’s important to keep a few things in mind for optimal usage:

  • Selecting Applications: Choose applications that complement each other and make sense to use side by side. For example, you might open a web browser alongside a word processor or a spreadsheet application.
  • Keyboard Shortcuts: Memorize keyboard shortcuts for activating split screen mode and switching between applications.

    This can greatly enhance your productivity.

  • Multitasking: Take advantage of split screen mode by working on different tasks simultaneously. For instance, you could research information on one side while taking notes in another application.
  • Different Displays: If you have multiple displays connected to your Mac, split screen mode can be even more powerful. You can have multiple applications open on each display, allowing for increased productivity and organization.

In Conclusion

Split screen mode is a valuable feature on Mac that allows you to work with two applications side by side. By following the steps outlined in this tutorial, you can easily activate split screen mode and make the most out of your Mac’s capabilities.

Remember to choose compatible applications, utilize keyboard shortcuts, and take advantage of the flexibility that split screen mode offers. With practice, you’ll become a master of multitasking on your Mac!

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