How to Split Screen in Windows 10

With ultra-wide and dual-screen monitors becoming common, multi-tasking is becoming a breeze. If one works with several open windows, he likely spends a lot of time moving among them. At once, there might have several windows open, a web browser to surf the internet, a note-taking application, a mail program to manage email, a couple of applications to perform work, and more. Splitting the screen to manage all of them on screen at the same time could help. In this post, I will guide you on how to split-screen in Windows 10

How to Split Screen in Windows 10

How to Split Screen in Windows 10

Windows offers a variety of methods to split the screen for various applications. Other than just resizing the windows manually, there are a lot of different techniques, including a few third-party applications which could help in the task.

  1. Using Snap Assist
  2. Using the Keyboard
  3. AquaSnap – Third-Party Application

Apart from the splitting screen, you may also need to adjust the text size in Windows for better clarity. It is specifically useful when you have a high-resolution monitor.

1] Using Snap Assist

One of Windows 10’s most significant additions to split-screen functionality is with Snap Assist, which makes it easier for one to select an application window when you are choosing which applications to arrange on your screen in a manner. Here’s how to use it:

  • Choose the window you would like to snap to one half of the screen, then drag it to the edge holding its title bar.
  • While dragging it to the corner, you’ll notice a translucent bar-shaped window appearing on the half of the screen. If that’s a good position for you, go ahead and release your mouse button.
  • In case there are several windows or applications open, on snapping your chosen window, you’ll be presented with several options for what to fill the other half of the screen. Please select one of them, and Windows will automatically do the task.

Additionally, Once you’ve placed all your windows, you can easily resize each one of them by dragging the divider.

How to Turn On/Off  Snap Assist

Use Snap Assist to Split Windows for Multitasking

While Windows usually does have Snap Assist turned on, in case you would like to turn it off or turn it back on, here’s how what you can do:

  • Open the Settings Panel on Windows 10 (Win + I)
  • Navigate to System -> Multitasking. Here, under Snap Windows, you’ll find a toggle bar.
  • Toggle it on to turn Snap Assist on or toggle it off for the contrary.

However, there are a variety of options you can explore out by yourself over there.

2] Using the Keyboard to Split Screen in Windows 10

Split Screen in Windows 10 using Keyboard

While Snap Assist is easy to use and works perfectly fine, but in case you would like a faster way to do this using the keyboard, there is a shortcut way to split the windows that’s useful once you get used to the process. Here’s how:

Press the Windows logo key while in an active window and then select either the left or right arrow key. It will automatically assign a side of the screen to the Window and split the window over there. One can do the same for a new window, and you’ll find yourself enjoying a split-screen set up in no time.

3] AquaSnap

AquaSnap Windows Multitasking

While Windows’s inbuilt Snap Assist is excellent for beginners, in case one would like to customize the grid even more and in a powerful manner: AquaSnap, a third party application, could come in handy. AquaSnap allows users to create and adjust as many split windows as one would require with just a snap and includes a few neat additional tools such as snapping small windows together and more.

While AquaSnap is generally free to download and use, there are premium versions available for it as well. The free tier offers much of the same features as the premium Professional version, including snapping, docking, stretching, and lots more.

Download AquaSnap for Windows

I hope this post was useful, and you were able to Split Screen in Windows 10. With that said, how many windows do you keep active at a particular point in time? Do let us know by dropping a comment down below.

A long-standing Windows fan, Photographer, and Tech Enthusiast who loves to write about Smartphones and Technology.

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