How to Split Screen Mac

Kyle Wood

Mac, Tutorials

Splitting the screen on a Mac can greatly enhance your productivity by allowing you to work on multiple tasks simultaneously. Whether you need to compare documents side by side or keep an eye on a chat window while working on a presentation, the split screen feature can be a game-changer. In this tutorial, we will explore how to split screen on a Mac and make the most out of this powerful feature.

Step 1: Activating Split Screen
To begin, open the applications that you want to view side by side. Once both applications are open, click and hold the green maximize button located in the top left corner of any window.

A menu will appear with various options. Select “Tile Window to Left of Screen” or “Tile Window to Right of Screen” depending on where you want the application to appear.

Step 2: Adjusting Split Screen
After selecting one of the above options, your screen will be split, and each application will occupy half of the display. You can adjust the divider between them by clicking and dragging it to your desired position. This flexibility allows you to allocate more space to one application if needed.

Step 3: Exiting Split Screen
To exit split screen mode, simply move your cursor towards the top-left corner of your screen until an “Exit Full Screen” button appears. Click it, and both applications will return to their original state.

Tips and Tricks:

  • If you prefer using keyboard shortcuts, press Control + Up Arrow key simultaneously to enter full-screen mode for an application.
  • To switch between applications in split screen mode, use Control + Left Arrow or Control + Right Arrow.
  • If you want to swap the positions of two applications in split screen mode, click and hold the green maximize button in the top-left corner of one window, and drag it to the other side.
  • When working with split screen, consider using applications that complement each other. For example, you could have a web browser open on one side and a text editor on the other for efficient research and writing.


Split screen functionality on Mac provides a convenient way to multitask and boost productivity. By following the simple steps outlined in this tutorial, you can quickly set up split screen mode and customize it to suit your needs.

Experiment with different applications and layouts to discover what works best for your workflow. Incorporating this feature into your daily routine will undoubtedly help you accomplish more in less time.

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