How to Split Screens on Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

Are you tired of constantly switching between different applications on your Mac? Split screen functionality can help you multitask efficiently by allowing you to work with two applications side by side. In this tutorial, we will explore how to split screens on Mac, so you can boost your productivity and make the most out of your computer.

Splitting Screens on Mac

Split screen functionality was introduced in macOS El Capitan, making it easier than ever to work with multiple applications simultaneously. Here’s how you can split screens on your Mac:

Step 1: Open the Applications You Want to Use

The first step is to open the applications you want to work with in split screen mode. Let’s say you want to have Safari and Pages side by side. Open both applications before proceeding to the next step.

Step 2: Activate Split Screen Mode

To activate split screen mode, click and hold down the green button in the upper-left corner of the window for one of the applications you want to use. After holding it down for a moment, a menu will appear.

  • Option 1: Select “Tile Window to Left of Screen” if you want this application to occupy the left half of your screen.
  • Option 2: Select “Tile Window to Right of Screen” if you want this application to occupy the right half of your screen.

The selected application will now take up half of your screen space.

Note:

If you have multiple displays connected to your Mac, selecting one of these options will move the application window automatically onto that specific display.

Step 3: Choose the Second Application

Now, you need to select the second application you want to use in split screen mode. This can be done in two ways:

  • Option 1: Click on the other application’s icon in your Dock to open it.
  • Option 2: Use the Mission Control feature by pressing the F3 key on your keyboard or swiping up with three fingers on your trackpad. This will display all open windows and spaces, allowing you to select the desired application.

Step 4: Positioning the Second Application

Once you have both applications open, position your cursor over the green button of the second application’s window. Similar to Step 2, hold down this button for a moment until a menu appears.

  • Option 1: Select “Tile Window to Left of Screen” if you want this application to occupy the left half of your screen (opposite side of the first application).
  • Option 2: Select “Tile Window to Right of Screen” if you want this application to occupy the right half of your screen (opposite side of the first application).

The selected application will now appear on the opposite side of your screen, completing the split screen setup.

Adjusting Split Screen Size

If you want one application to take up more space than the other in split screen mode, you can easily adjust their sizes. To do this, position your cursor over the black vertical bar separating both applications. When your cursor turns into a double-sided arrow, click and drag the bar to the desired position.

Exiting Split Screen Mode

To exit split screen mode, move your cursor to the top of the screen until the menu bar appears. Then, click on the green button of either application’s window. The application will return to its original size, and you can continue using it in regular mode.

Now that you know how to split screens on your Mac, take advantage of this feature to enhance your productivity. Whether you’re researching information while writing a report or comparing documents side by side, split screen mode can be a game-changer for multitasking on your Mac.

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