How to use split screen on Mac⏱️ 2 min read

How to use split screen on Mac

Split View can be a game-changer for you! Whether you are a student, professional, or anyone who wants to stay productive, the split screen feature on Mac allows you to use two apps simultaneously while on a single screen. In this article, I’ll show you how to use a split screen on a Mac.

For example, if you’re working on a research paper and need to surf several web pages simultaneously, Split View can help you open and view them side by side, saving you time and effort. However, before we dive into the steps to split screen on MacBook, let’s first check what Split View is on Mac.

What is Split View?

Split View is a handy feature available on Mac that allows you to divide the screen and use two applications simultaneously. It allows you to optimize your workflow and multitask seamlessly by running two apps side by side without constantly switching between them. Follow along with the article to learn more about how to split a MacBook screen.

How to split the MacBook screen

Before I show you how to split screen on Mac, it is important to ensure that both applications you intend to use are maximized and actively running. Furthermore, neither of them should be in full-screen mode. Now that you’ve confirmed that the prerequisite has been met proceed with the steps below to use the Split view functionality.

  1. Hover over the green button on the top left corner of the title bar.
    Note: Ensure that you don’t click on the button.
  2. Select one of the below-mentioned: 
    • Tile Windows to Left of Screen: The current active app on the screen will shift to the left side of the screen.
    • Tile Windows to Right of Screen: The current active app on the screen will shift to the left side of the screen.
  3. You’ll see an option to select from the rest of the active apps on the other half of the screen.
  4. Click on the app you wish to open in the split view.

Congratulations! You’ve successfully split the screen on your Mac. Now, you can use both apps for work at the same time. Furthermore, you can easily change the screen size taken up by an app by dragging the slider in the middle of the two screens.

How to work in Split View on a Mac

Now that you have gained a clear understanding of how to enter the split screen on your Mac, it’s time to take things a step further and explore how to operate in Split View mode on your Mac.

Use apps in Split View on Mac 

Using apps in Split View is a simple process that requires only a single click on the desired app to be used. When you click an app, it will be selected for use and will function in the same way that it would have done in the standard desktop view.

How to use Split View on Mac using Mission Control

The Split View feature on Mac allows you to divide the screen between two applications. If you require more screen space, you can use an additional desktop. Although navigating between multiple desktops can be difficult, this is where Mission Control comes into play, as it can help you. You can access multiple desktops and use more than two applications in Split View by following the steps outlined below.

  1. Press the F3 key on your keyboard.
  2. Choose the desktop running your desired app.

You can also access Mission Control by swiping up with three or four fingers. Additionally, you can also switch between desktops by swiping left or right with three or four fingers.

Accessing the Dock and Menu Bar in Mac Split View mode

When using the split screen feature on a MacBook, the app goes into full-screen mode, which hides everything, including the Menu Bar, which consists of the useful Control Center, title bar, and Dock Menu. Nevertheless, there are simple steps to access the Dock Menu while in Split View.

  1. Move down the cursor to the bottom of the screen.
  2. The Dock Menu will slide up from the bottom.

Exiting Split View on Mac

Whether you’ve accomplished your task in the split screen or you want to revert back to the normal desktop view, you can easily do so by following the below-mentioned steps. 

  1. Move your cursor to the top of the screen.
  2. Click the green button as soon as the title bar slides down.

It is important to remember that clicking on a window returns it to the desktop view while the other application remains in full-screen mode. Additionally, you can also hover over the green button once the title bar slides down and choose from the following: Replace Tiled Window, Move Window to Desktop, or Make Window Full Screen.

Divided into equal halves

Why limit yourself to one task at a time when you can easily divide your screen into two and work on multiple tasks concurrently?  Thanks to this article, you now know how to unlock the true potential of your machine and accomplish more in less time.


Q. Can I adjust the size of the windows in Split View?

Yes, the size of the windows in Split View can be easily adjusted by dragging the divider between them. However, you can also change the size of each window by clicking and dragging the window’s edge.

Q. Can I use Split View with more than two apps? 

Split View can only split the screen to run two apps simultaneously. If you need to access more than two apps, you can use Mission Control to toggle between them.

Nutan Sharma
Content Writer at The Writing Paradigm | + posts

Nutan is a computer science graduate and a fervent enthusiast who likes to explore and talk about tech, business, finance, and startups.

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