How to Do Split Screen on Windows?

Whether you're working on a project, comparing documents, or just want to stay organized, learn how to use split screen on Windows to be more efficient and productive.
Split Screen

In this guide, we’ll show you how to use split screen on Windows 11 and 10 and answer some common questions.

Getting Started

Windows 11 and 10 have a handy feature called split-screen, which lets you multitask by running multiple apps side by side.

System Requirements

Before you can take advantage of the split-screen feature on Windows 11 or 10, it’s essential to ensure your system meets the requirements.

The basic requirements to split screen in Windows are:

  • A Windows 10 or Windows 11 operating system.
  • A monitor with a resolution of at least 1366×768 pixels.
  • Two or more open windows.

Although you can split screens in Windows 7, 8, and 8.1, it can only support two split screens. However, if your screen is large enough and has a higher resolution, you can split your screen into three sections in Windows 8/8.1.

Enable Snap Windows feature

To use split screen functionality, you need to make sure that the Snap windows feature is turned on in settings:

  1. On Windows 10/11, open Windows Settings app.
  2. Navigate to System > Multitasking.
  3. Ensure that the Snap windows toggle is enabled.Snap Windows

How to Split Screen on Windows

Now that you’ve confirmed your system’s compatibility let’s dive into how to split-screen mode on Windows 11/10. There are three different ways to split screen in Windows:

  • Using Drag and Drop (Snap Assist)
  • Using Keyboard Shortcut
  • Using Split layout options (Exculsive to Windows 11)

Using Drag and Drop

  1. Start by opening the apps or windows you want to use in split-screen mode. You can open as many as you need.
  2. Click on the title bar of the first window and drag it to either side of the screen until you see a shaded area.Drag the window
  3. Then, release the mouse button to snap the window to the side of the screen.
  4. Now, you will thumbnails of all your other open app windows on the opposite. Just, click on one of the apps to snap it other opposite side of the first screen.Select a thumbnail
  5. Alternatively, you can click on the tile bar of the second window and drag to the opposite side of the first screen to snap it in place.

To split the screen into three windows:

  1. Drag the first window to the middle edge of the screen and drop it when you see the translucent area. This will snap the window to the half of the screen.
  2. Drag the second window to a corner of the screen instead of the middle and snap it in place on the opposite side of the first split screen.Drag it corner
  3. Select the third app from the thumbnails or drag the window to the remaining corner to fill the remaining area of the screen.Select window for third screen

To split the screen into four windows:

  1. Drag the first window to any corner of the screen and drop it when you see the translucent area. This will snap the window to the quarter of the screen.drag it corner
  2. Now, you’ll see a translucent area for each of the remaining three quarters of the screen. You can then select apps one by one to pin to each corner, or you can simply drag apps to each corner.fill the remaining corners

Using Keyboard Shortcut

Instead of dragging windows, you can also easily split screens with keyboard shortcuts. Here are the keyboard shortcuts you can use to snap into multiple screens, all of them are a combination of Windows key and arrow keys.

Here are the keyboard shortcuts you can use to snap into multiple screens, all of which are combinations of the Windows key and arrow keys:

  • To snap the window to the left side of the screen: Windows key + Left arrow key.
  • To snap the window to the right side of the screen: Windows key + Right arrow key.
  • To snap the window to upper left corner of the screen: Windows key + Left arrow key, and then Windows key + Up arrow key.
  • To snap the window to the lower left corner of the screen: Windows key + Left arrow key, and then Windows key + Down arrow key.
  • To snap the window to upper right corner of the screen: Windows key + Right arrow key, and then Windows key + Up arrow key.
  • To snap the window to the lower right corner of the screen: Windows key + Right arrow key, and then Windows key + Down arrow key.

After pinning one window to your desired place, you can then select the next window or use another shortcut key to fill the remaning screen. To minimize the window, press the Windows + Down arrow key repeatedly until it is minimized. Similarly, to maximize the current window, press the Windows + Up arrow key repeatedly until it is maximized.

Using Split Layout Options

Snap Layouts is a new feature in Windows 11 that allows you to quickly and easily arrange multiple windows on your screen. It provides a variety of pre-defined layouts that you can choose from to split the screen.

  1. Simply hover your mouse over the Maximize button of one of the windows that you want to snap.Maximize button
  2. A grid of snap layouts will appear. Click on the snap layout that you want to use, and the windows will be snapped into the selected layout.Choose a snap layout
  3. Alternatively, press Windows + Z to view snap layouts and then use the number keys to select the layout.Win + Z

Adjust Split Screens

Once you have the windows snapped to the sides or corners of the screen, you can resize them by dragging the border between them. You can also move a window to a different position on the screen by dragging it to a different position or by using the shortcut we mentioned above.

To switch between split-screen windows, you can use the following methods:

  • Click on the window you want to focus.
  • Use the Alt key + Tab keyboard shortcut to cycle through all open windows.
  • Use the Windows key + Tab keyboard shortcut to cycle through all open windows and snapped windows.

FAQs

How to Split Screen With Multiple Monitors?

If you have multiple monitors connected to your Windows 11 or 10 system, you can extend the split-screen functionality across them. Here’s how:

  1. Open the windows you want to split screen on your primary monitor.
  2. Drag one of the windows to either a corner or to the left or right edge of any display.
  3. Then, release the mouse button to snap the window to the desired location on the desired display.
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 for the other windows.

Similarly, you can also use the Snap Layouts feature or keyboard shortcuts to split screens across multiple monitors.

How to Use Dual Monitors on Windows 11?


To use dual monitors in Windows 11, you will need to connect the second monitor to your computer using a compatible video cable, such as HDMI, DisplayPort, or DVI. Once the monitor is connected, follow these steps:

  1. Right-click on an empty area of the desktop and select Display settings.
  2. Under Multiple displays, select Extend these displays.
  3. Click Apply.

Once you have completed these steps, your second monitor will be turned on and extended to your primary monitor. You can now drag and drop windows between the two monitors.

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