How to split screen in Windows 10
(How to split screen in Windows 10) One of the main attractions of working on a desktop computer is the large screens on offer, with most notebooks in 13, 15, or even 17-inch variants.
In the case of desktop PCs that can reach more than 30 inches, and that is before taking into account the connection to an external monitor.
All that screen space means there is ample opportunity for multitasking. Windows 10 offers a ton of great tools for this, many of which can be accessed through Task View.
However, sometimes nothing compares to using multiple windows on the screen at the same time, and that’s where Snap Assist comes in.
What is Snap Assist?
Simply put, Snap Assist is a way to efficiently manage open windows on your screen at any time.
Using the mouse, touchpad, or even touchscreen, it allows you to quickly move a window to a section of the screen and automatically adjust it to the limitations of the area.
This eliminates much of the hassle of resizing multiple windows to fit on the screen, making it easy to interact with multiple programs simultaneously.
Snap Assist allows up to four different windows on the screen at any one time, so the process differs slightly depending on how many you want to have visible. Before you start, you’ll want to have everything you want to use on the split screen already open.
For two, the process is as simple as dragging a window to the side of the screen. Look for a white outline that indicates where it will drop.
If you’re happy, drop it and you’ll be asked to select another app to fill the other half of the screen. Then you can adjust the amount of screen each window occupies using the divider between the two, although this prevents you from making the application so small that it is unusable.
If you want to divide the screen between three or four applications, a process known as “corner snap” is applied, although it is relatively similar:
- Click and drag the first window to the top left of the screen. You can use Windows Key + Arrow Keys for more detailed control here.
- Drag the second window below it and the two will ‘snap’ together, allowing you to fill the other half of the screen.
- For three windows, just select the one you want and it will fill the entire right side of the screen.
- For four, click and drag it to the top corner, before finally clicking on the fourth window
It should be noted that this split screen layout will now act as a single window, meaning something else can easily be opened without interrupting the current layout.
Multitasking has remained relatively consistent in Windows 10, though that will change with the release of Windows 10X.
Specifically designed for dual-screen devices, it could revolutionize multitasking when you get to the next Surface Neo.