Split View: How to Use Two Apps Side by Side on a Mac or MacBook

Apple’s Mac and MacBook computers have a multitasking mode called Split View, which makes working with two applications easier at the same time by maximizing the screen space available to each. This side-by-side arrangement is perfect for taking notes while working in another application, copying and pasting from one to the other. It is also very useful when referencing information in a PDF when working in a spreadsheet or moving files from one folder to another.

Mac computer has several ways to manage applications and windows. Split View is one of them and goes well with Spaces. This feature allows multiple virtual desktops to be created with the perfect window layout for a specific task or workflow. Returning to this view is as easy as opening Mission Control, holding the Control key and tapping the up arrow, then choosing the layout that is saved in the Space bar at the top of the screen.

To create a split view, apple requires that the two applications that will be side by side are open. The user should locate the green full-screen button in the upper left corner of one of these windows, then click and hold to open a menu that will show various resizing options. Selecting one of the ‘Tile Window’ options will place this window on the left or right half of the screen. The window width can be adjusted later. Then the user can choose from a list of windows that appear as thumbnails on the opposite side to complete the split view. Dragging the center divider will allow you to resize both window widths at the same time, one larger and one smaller. Dragging one of the windows to the other side will swap with the other, while double-clicking the divider will restore an even balance.

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Mac computer has a very convenient Split View mode that maximizes the display space of each application. If this feature is not working, the user should first make sure they are running macOS 10.15 or newer. If you’re using macOS 10.14, Split View will work, but you’ll need to drag the green full-screen button to the side of the screen to get started. For earlier versions of macOS, this feature is not available and windows must be manually rearranged.

If Split View isn’t working with a supported version of the Mac OS, it’s worth checking System Preferences and making sure that ‘Displays have separate spaces’ is enabled, as setting up Mission Control may resolve the issue. Split View for Mac and MacBook computers places two windows side by side, from the same or different applications, making it easy to copy data and reference information for increased productivity.

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