One of the benefits of having a wide computer monitor is being able to see two or more windows side by side on the same screen without having to scroll.

Windows 10 makes it easier to copy and paste between windows, access information from numerous sources at the same time, and simply overall multitask. Splitting your screen makes this possible. You have the option of dividing your screen into two, three, or four sections. Here’s how you go about it.

How to split screen on Windows 10

Windows 10 makes it simple to split the screen by simply dragging a window all the way to one side of the screen until it snaps into place. then choose another window to fill the other half of your screen with text or graphics

Here’s a comprehensive step-by-step guide that includes keyboard shortcuts.

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Split-screen between two windows

1. Move one of the windows by dragging it to the left or right side of the screen by its title bar. When you release your mouse button, you’ll see an outline of the window appear, and the window will snap into the place indicated by the outline.

2. All of your other open apps should now appear in thumbnails on the opposite side of the screen, as seen in Figure.

3. Select one of the other programme windows from the drop-down menu. It will snap to the other side of the screen, resulting in two windows running side by side on the screen.

Tip: Hovering your mouse between the windows will cause the cursor to change to a two-headed arrow, which you can then click and drag to vary the width of each window.

Split screen between four windows

For larger displays, you can add up to four windows to the screen, one in each corner, by dragging and dropping them onto the screen. Snapping a window to either side of the screen is identical to the procedure described above:

1. Move one of the windows to a corner of the screen by dragging it by its title bar. You’ll notice an outline of the window when the cursor reaches the corner of the screen, which will flash as soon as the pointer touches it. Allowing the mouse button to be released will snap the window into position.

2. Drag the next window to another corner in the same manner as the previous window. Release the mouse button once more to secure it in place.

3. In the vacant space on your screen, you should be able to view thumbnails of the windows that are still open. Select the programme you wish to use and drag it to the entire remaining side of the screen if you want it to take up a third of the screen. You can pin four windows together by dragging one by the title bar into one of the remaining corners, and then selecting another window to pin to the fourth and final corner, as seen below.

You can “unsnap” a window at any moment by dragging it away from the edge or corner with the title bar as a guideline.

Split screen keyboard shortcuts

If you frequently split windows, you can save time by using keyboard shortcuts to make the process faster. After a while, these shortcuts will become second nature to you and your colleagues.

  • Snap a window to the left or right side: Windows key + left/right arrow
  • Snap a window to one corner (or one-fourth) of the screen: Windows key + left/right arrow then up/down arrow
  • Make one window full-screen: Windows key + up arrow until the window fills the screen
  • Expand a quarter-window to a half-window: Windows key + up/down arrow

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