How to Split Your Screen in Windows 10
Windows has always been a great environment for multitasking, with the ability to run multiple applications simultaneously and easily switch between them.
In Windows 10, Microsoft strengthened the snapping mechanism and expanded its functionality. Today, the latest version of Windows 10 provides multiple ways to split your screen into multiple windows and perform multiple tasks with a higher resolution display and better support for multiple monitors.
Windows 10’s most important contribution to split-screen multitasking is Snap Assist, which makes it easy to select an open application window when you’re choosing which applications to organize on your screen. How to use it:
Phase 1: Select the window you want to snap to one half of the screen, then drag it to the edge.
Phase 2: A transparent outline of where it will appear. If you are happy with this, then let go and your window will be transformed into place. Alternatively, press the Windows key and the left or right arrow key to snap the last selected window to one side of the screen.
step 3: If you have other windows or applications open, when you snap your chosen window you will be presented with several options to fill the other half of the screen. Click on one, and it will automatically snap into the space opposite the other window.
Once you place your windows, you can easily pull the dividers and resize them. There is a limit to how thin a window can be, however, to help you avoid making windows that are so small that they are useless.
Want a faster way to do this on your keyboard? There is a shortcut to split the window that is really useful after being used in the process: press the Windows logo key while in the active window, and then press the arrow key to the left or right. It should automatically assign a portion of the screen and split the window there. Do the same for a new window, and you have a split-screen set up in no time!
Snapping more than two windows
If you have a larger, or higher-resolution display, you can take advantage of that extra screen real estate by snapping more than two windows. Corner Snap, as is known, lets you snap in place as four separate windows.
Phase 1: Drag and drop your first window into the corner you want to snap it to. Alternatively, press the Windows key and the left or right arrow, followed by the up or down arrow.
Phase 2: Do the same with the same window on the other side and you will break in two places. The corner snap is then activated, and is preferred when by snapping just one window, you will be given the option to fill the empty space with a third.
step 3: To bring the fourth window into play, drag the third window into the corner, and then select another application from Snap Assist to complete your four-window setup.
Note that the 2020 update to Windows 10 updated this four-window design and made all snappy windows act as single windows. This may not sound important, but it’s really easy when you have to do something else, such as opening an extra app or file while working with your snapping windows – they’ll be together now, waiting for you to come back are doing.
Turn off snap assist and adjust settings
If Snap Assist is getting in your way, you can easily turn it off.
Phase 1: search for Adjustment In the Windows search bar. Click on the related entry.
Phase 2: Choose to system Icon, then click multitasking From the left hand menu.
step 3: The fastest way to turn off snap assist is to just click the toggle button Snap window Until i am Close place. If you don’t want to close Snap Assist completely, but you don’t want some of its features enabled, you can keep it Snap window Toggle button in On Status and then un-tick one or more boxes with the following options:
- When I snap a window, it automatically resizes to fill the available space
- When I snap a window, I can show what I can snap next to it
- When I resize the flickering window, as well as any adjacent padded window
Customize grids with third-party apps
Are you looking for some more customization for some complex projects? There are third-party applications that allow more specific, grid-like changes for your windows so you can get all your favorite devices exactly where you want them, and in the right size. The native Windows 10 option is great, but if you want a little more, we suggest taking a look at AquaSwap.
AquaSnap allows you to create and adjust multiple partitioned windows, such that you need a snap function that works similarly to the Windows version, but is a bit more flexible and has some neat, extra Tools such as small windows together and other tricks are included. AquaSnap is generally free to download and use, although there are premium versions of it. The free tier will still offer many features including premium professional versions such as window docking, window snapping, window stretching, and making windows transparent, just to name a few.