How to Split Windows on Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

In this tutorial, we will learn how to split windows on a Mac. Splitting windows can be incredibly useful when you need to view and work with multiple applications or documents simultaneously. With the split window feature, you can easily multitask and improve your productivity.

Splitting Windows Using Mission Control

If you are using macOS Mojave or later versions, you can take advantage of Mission Control to split windows.

To split windows using Mission Control:

  1. Open the applications or documents that you want to work with.

  2. Click on the Mission Control icon in the Dock or press the F3 key on your keyboard.

  3. In Mission Control, hover your cursor over the application or document window that you want to split.

  4. Next, use two fingers on your trackpad and swipe up. Alternatively, you can press and hold the Option key while clicking and dragging the window upwards.

  5. You will see a space created at the top of the screen for the split window. Drag and drop another application or document into this space.

  6. The two windows will now be split, allowing you to work with both simultaneously.

Adjusting Split Window Sizes

If you find that one window is too small or too large in relation to the other, you can easily adjust their sizes by following these steps:

  1. Move your cursor to the dividing line between the two windows until it changes into a double-sided arrow cursor.
  2. Click and drag the dividing line left or right to increase or decrease the size of the windows.

Splitting Windows Using the App Window Options

If you prefer to split windows using the app window options, follow these steps:

  1. Open the applications or documents that you want to work with.

  2. Click on the green maximize button located in the top-left corner of one of the windows. This will resize it to fill your screen.

  3. The window will enter full-screen mode. Now, move your cursor to the top of the screen until you see a menu bar appear.

  4. In the menu bar, click on Window, then select either Tile Window to Left of Screen or Tile Window to Right of Screen.

  5. The window will snap to either side of your screen, leaving space for another window.

  6. To add another application or document in split view, click on it in Mission Control and drag it into the remaining space.

Exiting Split View

To exit split view and return to normal mode:

  1. Move your cursor to the top of any window until you see a menu bar appear.
  2. In the menu bar, click on the green maximize button located in the top-left corner of one of the windows. Alternatively, you can press and hold down on the green maximize button and select “Exit Full Screen” in the options menu.

That’s it! You now know how to split windows on a Mac using Mission Control or the app window options. Experiment with different applications and documents to find the best setup that suits your workflow.

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