How to Split Your Screen on a Windows 10 Computer

Splitting your screen on a Windows 10 computer allows you to work on multiple applications or windows side by side, which can improve productivity. There are several methods to achieve this, depending on your specific needs:

  1. Snap Assist with Mouse/Touchpad:
    • Open the first application or window you want to work with.
    • Click and hold the title bar of the window.
    • Drag the window to the left or right edge of the screen until you see a translucent outline of the window.
    • Release the mouse button or lift your finger from the touchpad.
    • You’ll now see your window snap to one side of the screen.
    • A list of open windows will appear on the other side. Click the one you want to snap to the other side.
  2. Keyboard Shortcuts:
    • Open the first application or window.
    • Use the Windows key with the arrow keys:
      • Windows key + Left Arrow: Snaps the current window to the left.
      • Windows key + Right Arrow: Snaps the current window to the right.
      • Windows key + Up Arrow: Maximizes the current window.
      • Windows key + Down Arrow: Minimizes or restores the current window.
  3. Task View and Snap:
    • Press the Windows key + Tab to open Task View.
    • You’ll see all your open windows as thumbnails.
    • Hover over a window, and you’ll see a “Snap” option on the top-right corner of the thumbnail.
    • Click “Snap” to select the window you want to snap.
    • Choose the other window to snap it to on the other side.
  4. Using Snap Assist:
    • If you have multiple windows open and want to snap them to different sides of the screen, you can use Snap Assist.
    • Drag and drop multiple windows to different corners of the screen, and Windows will snap them accordingly.
  5. Third-Party Tools:
    • There are third-party applications like DisplayFusion, AquaSnap, or Divvy that provide advanced window management features, including splitting the screen in various ways. These tools offer more customization options than the built-in Windows features.

Remember that your screen must have sufficient resolution to effectively split it, and some applications may not support snapping. If you’re having trouble with a specific app, you can manually resize and position windows by dragging the edges or using the mouse to adjust their position on the screen.

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