How to Split Screen on Mac Shortcut

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

Split-screen mode on Mac allows you to work on two applications side by side, making multitasking a breeze. Whether you want to compare documents, edit photos while referencing a website, or simply keep an eye on your social media while working, split-screen mode is a handy feature that can boost your productivity. In this tutorial, we will explore the various ways to split the screen on Mac using keyboard shortcuts.

Method 1: Split-Screen with Keyboard Shortcuts

To activate split-screen mode using keyboard shortcuts:

  1. Step 1: Open the first application you want to use in split-screen mode.
  2. Step 2: Click and hold the green maximize button located in the top left corner of the window.
  3. Step 3: While holding the green button, drag the window to either side of the screen until it snaps into place.
    • Note: You can choose between left or right side placement depending on your preference.
  4. Step 4: Release the mouse button to lock the window into split-screen mode.

Congratulations! You have successfully activated split-screen mode on your Mac using keyboard shortcuts.

Method 2: Split-Screen with Mission Control

If you prefer using Mission Control for managing windows and applications, follow these steps:

  1. Step 1: Open both applications you want to use in split-screen mode.
  2. Step 2: Activate Mission Control by pressing the dedicated key (usually F3) or using a three-finger swipe up gesture on your trackpad.
  3. Step 3: Drag one application window to the top of the screen until a new workspace appears.
  4. Step 4: Drag the second application window to the newly created workspace.

You have successfully set up split-screen mode using Mission Control!

Switching between Split-Screen Applications

To switch between applications in split-screen mode, use the Control + Left Arrow or Control + Right Arrow keyboard shortcuts. These shortcuts allow you to toggle between different applications while keeping them in split-screen view.

Tips and Tricks

If you want to exit split-screen mode and return to normal view, simply click and hold the green maximize button again, or press the Esc key. Additionally, you can resize each application window by clicking and dragging on the divider between them.

In conclusion, split-screen mode is a powerful feature that enhances your workflow by allowing you to work on multiple applications simultaneously. By using keyboard shortcuts or Mission Control, you can easily activate and manage split-screen mode on your Mac. Start boosting your productivity today!

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