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How to split screen on Windows?

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A split screen on the Windows operating system allows you to operate multiple tabs simultaneously.

This is useful for people who need multiple tabs for their work. For example, stock brokers or analysts.

Here are five quick ways to split screen on Windows.

Using keyboard shortcuts

Photo: Wachiwit /
Photo: Wachiwit /

You can use several keyboard shortcuts for this purpose.

Before proceeding with the keyboard shortcuts, open at least two tabs and select one. After that, press these keys:

  • Windows key + Up arrow: This key combination will maximise the windows you have minimised last.
  • Windows key + Right arrow: To move the window to the right of the centre. You may have to press this combination a few times using only one tab.
  • Windows key + Left arrow: This key combination moves the tab to the left.
  • Windows key + Down arrow: Transfer the open tab to the bottom right quarter.

Using these keyboard shortcuts, you can set one open window and then do the same with other windows either by the shortcuts or by using the drag-and-drop method.

Also read: How to change the download location in Windows 11? 

Tweaking the Snap Windows tool

The Snap window feature helps you align the open tabs perfectly as per your preference and helps in split screening of two or more tabs in Windows.

You can tweak the Snap Windows tool by following the steps given below:

Step 1: Type Multitasking in the toolbox search box if you’re using Windows 11. On Windows 10, head to Settings > System > Multitasking.

Step 2: Now, click the downward button and checkmark the options you think are right for you.

Use drag-and-drop method

The third way to split screen in Windows is via the drag-and-drop method. Use your mouse to move the screen and then release the left mouse button to drop the screen at a point.

Usually, the window will snap when you will point it to the right place. Do the same with other screens as well. This is usually one of the go-to methods of split screen in Windows.

Also read: How to hide the taskbar in Windows 11?

Use Snap layout in Windows 11

Windows 11 has the Snap layout feature, where you can drag the open tab according to the partitions. It is similar to the drag-and-drop method that we have explained earlier.

Usually, this feature is activated by default; you’ll have to drag the title bar of the tab a bit upwards, and the snap layout window will drop down.

Use Copilot in Windows 11

Finally, you can use Copilot to split screen on Windows 11. This feature is currently available in Windows 11, but it will likely come to Windows 10 shortly.

Open Copilot from the taskbar, then give a simple prompt such as ‘split screen windows’ or ‘snap windows’ and press Yes.

As you can see from the screenshot above, the tab will automatically be adjusted to the left end of the screen.

In conclusion, using the split screen in Windows is quite easy. You can try any of the five methods mentioned above to do this and increase your productivity.

Also read: How to cascade windows in Windows 11?

Kumar Hemant

Kumar Hemant

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