Most times, you may find yourself in a position where you would wish to use two apps at the same time without the hustle of switching in between them repeatedly. It is for this reason why splitting the screen on a Mac and resizing two windows is a great idea. It makes it effective to multitask.
This guide describes how to do a split-screen on a Mac, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air.
To begin the split-screen process on your Mac, you will have to check the settings and ensure the Split View mode is working. You may also like to read our guide on fixing frozen apps on a Mac to know how to go about dealing with such an issue in case any issue arises.
To do this, follow the steps below:
- On your screen’s top left corner, navigate to Apple menu >System Preferences>Mission Control.
- Ensure the box besides Displays have separate Spaces is checked.
All Mac OS beginning with OS X El Capitan supports the Split View mode. However, Mac OS Catalina (the most recent OS), has a different action sequence for launching the mode.
Here is an outline of the steps for launching Split Screen on Mac OS Catalina or later versions:
- Navigate your pointer over the full-screen button located in the window’s upper-left corner and click it. Optionally, you can click and hold the full-screen button.
- From the menu, select the Tile Window to Right of Screen or the Tile Window to Left of Screen.
- The window will fill the side of the screen.
- Then go on and click a window on the screen’s other side to start using both windows alongside each other.
If you are using Mac OS El Capitan, Sierra, High Sierra, or Mojave:
- In the window’s upper left corner, click and hold the full-screen button.
- The window shrinks while holding the button and you can drag it to the right or left side of the screen.
- Let go of the button and click a window on the screen’s other side to start using both windows alongside each other.
Working in Split View
Using Split View, you can use two apps alongside each other without any of the other apps distracting you.
In Split View, you can use both apps beside each other, without the distraction of other apps.You can enter Split View on a Mac by:
- Select a window where you can work by clicking anywhere within the window.
- Display the menu bar by moving the pointer to the screen’s top.
- Switch the position of a window by dragging it to one side of the screen.
- Modify the width of the window by dragging the vertical lines between windows.
- Switch to your desktop or other apps using Mission Control.
Exiting Split View on a Mac
To exit Split View on your Mac, follow the steps below:
- Navigate the pointer to the screen’s top to display the buttons of the window.
- In either of the windows, click the full-screen button, which will exit that window from Split View.
- The other window changes to full-screen display.
- You can change to the full-screen window using Mission Control.