On a Chromebook, split-screen effectively means putting two apps beside one another. By doing so, you have several benefits. Using a virtual clipboard is a great way to boost productivity, especially if your work involves copying and pasting information between two windows.
If you’re doing research and writing simultaneously, you can resize windows so that your word processor is more prominent than the other program. Chromebooks allow for several different methods for putting an app into split-screen mode.
How to Drag Windows to Split Screen
The first and simplest way to split-screen on your Chromebook is by clicking and dragging windows to the borders of your screen. Here’s how to do that:
Step 1: Click and Drag the Top; On the first app you want to work on, move your mouse to the top of its window. Ideally, you should be able to move your mouse without interacting with anything on the screen such as buttons.
To place your window on the side of your screen, click and hold down your trackpad or mouse button, then drag the window to that corner.
Step 2: Touch the Edge; In order to minimize the amount of screen space taken up by your window, drag the window until it touches the edge of your display. Doing this will cause a translucent silhouette of your window to appear.
Once you have released your mouse or trackpad, the window should snap to the edge of the screen and take up half the display.
Step 3: Repeat for the Other App; On your second app, drag it to the side of the screen opposite from where you dragged your first app. This process will allow your two apps to sit side-by-side.
How to Use the Maximize Button to Split Screen
The second way to split-screen on a Chromebook is easy—just drag the windows you want to display side-by-side. The second way to split-screen on a Chromebook involves dragging windows to the side of your screen. It only takes a few easy steps:
Step 1: Click and Hold Maximize
Maximize the window by clicking on the Maximize button at the top-right corner of the first app you want to use. Click and hold the arrow until two opposable arrows appear on either side.
Step 2: Select an Arrow
Next, you’ll want to choose an arrow directed toward the side of the screen where you want to place your app. This will resize its window to take up half the screen’s real estate, and will also zoom in.
Step 3: Repeat for the Other App
Finally, repeat the above two steps with your second app. This time, though, select the opposite side of the screen. Now, both your apps are side by side, and you can work on split-screen on your Chromebook.
How to Use Shortcuts to Split Screen
Chromebooks have handy shortcuts for splitting your screen, which you can use by selecting the apps you want to split between and pressing these keystrokes:
- Alt + [ to split to the left
- Alt + ] to split to the right
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