Tuesday, August 16

How to use split screen on a Mac

If your work or play requires access to more than one application simultaneously, you will benefit greatly from using Apple’s Split View feature. Entering the Split View mode means that you can have two applications open side by side. This can be useful for dragging and dropping text and images between applications and help reduce distraction.

In this article, we will show you how to use Split View on macOS and iPad OS. Then our FAQ section will include things to test if Split View is not working.

How to use split screen on a Mac

To enter split view through macOS Catalina or later, follow these steps:

  1. Hover over the green icon at the top left of an application window. Or hold it down.
  2. From the menu, choose ‘Tiled window on the left of the screen’ or ‘Tiled window on the right of the screen’. The window will fill that half of your screen.
  3. Choose another app to fill the other half of your screen by clicking on it.

To enter Split View using macOS Mojave, Sierra, High Sierra, or El Capitan, the steps are slightly different. Are here:

  1. Press and hold the green full screen button at the top left of an application window. The window will shrink as you continue to press the button.
  2. Keep pressing and dragging the app anywhere on your screen.
  3. Release the button to fill that half of your monitor.
  4. Click on another application window to fill the second half.

Work in split view

Here are some tips for using Split View effectively:

Exit split view

Do the following once you are ready to return to normal view:

  1. Hover over the top of the screen to display the window options.
  2. To exit Split View, in any window, click the green full-screen button.
  3. The other application window will change to a full screen view.

Additional FAQs

How do I fix split view on a Mac?

Here are things to consider to get Split View to work on your macOS or iPadOS.

Is your version of macOS or iPadOS supported?

Split View was introduced with the release of OS X El Capitan (version 10.11) in 2015. Since then, all versions of macOS have supported the feature. However, you are probably running a supported version to check:

1. At the top left of the screen, click the Apple logo.

2. Choose “About this Mac”.

3. Check if the version is 10.11 or higher.

On your iPad, it must be running iOS 11 or later. Follow these steps to verify:

1. Open “Settings”.

2. Go to “General” and then to “About”.

3. The version will be displayed in the line “Software version”.

Enable the “Screens have separate spaces” setting

Make sure the “Screens have separate spaces” setting on your Mac is enabled. To do this:

1. At the top left of the screen, click the Apple logo.

2. Select “System Preferences”.

3. Click on “Mission Control”.

4. Make sure the “Screens have separate spaces” checkbox is checked.

5. Now restart your Mac and try again.

On your iPad, “Multitasking” options are enabled by default. Try to reset them by doing the following:

1. Open “Settings”.

2. Choose “General” and then “Multitask”.

3. Deactivate and reactivate the “Multitasking” switches.

And to remove any possible conflict settings, use “Reset all settings”. Follow the steps below to do this:

1. Open “Settings”.

2. Click on “General”, “Reset”, then “Reset all settings”.

3. Now restart your iPad and try again.

Try to update the application

Is the application you are trying to use in Split View up to date? Otherwise this could be the reason why it is failing. To update an application from the Mac App Store, go to the App Store and then to the “Updates” section to update an application.

If you are using a third-party app, follow these steps to update it:

1. Open the application you want to update.

2. In the menu at the top, click the name of the application.

3. Select “Check for updates” and then “Install update”.

4. Restart your Mac and try again.

To update an application on your iPad:

1. Shirts the App Store.

2. At the top of the screen, tap your profile icon.

3. Scroll through pending updates and release notes. To update an application, tap “Update” next to it. Or tap ‘Update all’.

4. Restart your iPad and try again.

Two views for the price of one

Apple’s Split View feature is a great alternative for connecting a separate display when you don’t need a lot of screen space. This mode can help with productivity and focus, as you only have the applications you need in view and no other distractions.

Getting into Split View mode is easy on both Macs and iPads. Basically, you choose which half of the screen you want any of the apps to fill. And to exit, touch one of the applications to fill the entire screen.

How do you think you will benefit from Split View? Let us know in the comment section.


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