How to Split Screen on Windows

Take advantage of your large computer monitor. It's easy to view multiple windows on the same screen, so you can put productivity first.

How to split screen on Windows

A few decades ago, 14 inch desktop monitors were the average, while 15 inch monitors were considered large. If you had a CRT monitor bigger than that, you were considered a folk hero. But nowadays, most modern monitors range from around 21 inches to 30 inches and beyond.

There are many advantages to having a large monitor. For one, you can consume entertainment in greater detail. In addition, you can enhance your productivity by multitasking on split screens. For example, you could write on your word processing document on one side, while researching on your web browser on the other. Here is how to split screen on Windows.  

How to split screen on Windows 10 with Snap Assist using a mouse

  1. Move your mouse cursor to the top of a window.
  2. Hold the mouse button.
  3. Drag the window to any corner of the screen.
  4. You’ll notice an outline appear.
  5. Release the mouse button and the window will snap into place like magic.
  6. Repeat the process for another window but choose a different part of the screen.
  7. You can split screen up to four windows.

How to split screen on Windows 10 with Snap Assist using a keyboard

  1. Select the window you want to snap.
  2. Hit the Windows key and an arrow button to snap the window in the corresponding direction.
  3. Hit the Windows key and an arrow button to move a snapped window to a different direction.

How to split screen on Windows 11 Using Snap Layouts

It’s even easier to split screen on Windows 11. The operating system also gives you more options than its predecessor. Here is how to do split screen on Windows 11 in seconds:

  1. Move your mouse cursor to the corner of a Window.
  2. Hold the cursor over the maximize or minimize button.
  3. You’ll see a grid with six options.
  4. Select the first option for a classic two-way split.
  5. Select the second option for a larger window on the left and a smaller window on the right.
  6. Select the third option for three equally-sized windows in columns.
  7. Select the fourth option for one window on the left and two windows on the top right and lower right of your display.
  8. Select the fifth option for three windows in columns, with the center column being larger.
  9. After you make your selection, your screen will display the windows in the chosen layout.

How to split screen on Windows 11 Using Snap Assist

  1. Move your mouse cursor to the top of a window.
  2. Hold the mouse button.
  3. Drag the window to any corner of the screen.
  4. You’ll notice an outline appear.
  5. Release the mouse button and the window will snap into place like magic.
  6. Repeat the process for another window but choose a different part of the screen.
  7. You can split screen up to four windows.

How to split screen on Windows 11 with Snap Assist using a keyboard

  1. Select the window you want to snap.
  2. Hit the Windows key and an arrow button to snap the window in the corresponding direction.
  3. Hit the Windows key and an arrow button to move a snapped window to a different direction.

How to deactivate Snap Assist on Windows 11

Deactivating Snap Assist on Windows 11 is pretty easy. Hit the Windows key and type Settings to find the Settings app. Go to System and then Multitasking. Check the Snap Assist options for ways to deactivate, activate, or customize Snap Assist on Windows 11.

Dangers of Windows split screen

When you split screen four windows you display more information on your monitor. Sometimes, it can be hard to keep track of what’s on your screen. In a public environment like an office or an Internet café, this can lead to privacy concerns.

Some types of malware, like spyware, a keylogger, or a screen scraper can also take screenshots without your knowledge. Additionally, a malicious screenlocker in action may initially appear to be a Windows split screen type feature. Always keep top Windows antivirus software handy to shield your security and privacy. And think twice before using Windows split screen while reading emails or browsing social media platforms in public settings. That’s up to four times the information for an onlooker to see.

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