How to Split Your Screen on a Windows 10/11? [Step by Step]

Updated by Charlene on Dec 15, 2022
  | Computer Instruction

If you like to work on many tasks at a time or keep an eye on one screen while working on the other, this article is for you. The splitting screen on Windows enables you to multitask without minimizing and maximizing one screen at a time.

This article will teach you how to split screen on Windows using snap layouts and shortcuts. Let's begin by looking at how to split screen on Windows 10/11 PC.

How to Split Screen on Windows 10/11 PC?

Windows 10 and 11 support the ability to split screens into more than two screens, and the process is similar in both versions. To get started, you first must ensure you enable the split screen feature on your computer. Follow the steps below to activate it:

Step 1. Go to the Start Menu search bar, then type "Settings" and select the first or best match result

Step 2. Head to the Multitasking in your Windows 10 and toggle on the "Snap windows" switch. For Windows 11, select "System," then click "multitasking" to toggle on the "Snap windows" feature.

Toggle on Snap windows after clicking Multitasking

After turning on the snap feature, let's continue splitting your Windows into several screens.

On Windows 10:

Step 1. Drag an open window to a corner by holding down your left mouse button until the screen won't move anymore.

Step 2. Release the mouse; you will notice the screen split in half. Then, select any other window you want on the other side of the screen.

Step 3. Drag the middle (dividing) line between both windows to resize them to fit your needs.

On Windows 11:

Step 1. Drag your preferred window to a corner and leave it there. You will see your window split into two.

Step 2. Pick the second window from the remaining windows that pops up. This works if you have multiple windows open; you need to open the second window.

Multiple windows open after dragging active window to a corner

How to Split Screen into Three Parts?

Similar to how you split the screen into two parts.

Step 1. Start by snapping a window into the corner of your screen.

Step 2. Then, drag any window of choice to the screen's other side, bottom, or top corner.

Split screen into three parts

Immediately, you will see other available windows to fill the third part of your screen. Doing this splits your screen into three parts.

How to Split Screen into Four Parts?

Finally, here is how to split the screen on windows into four parts.

Step 1. Drag and drop them in these sections of your screen: the top right corner, bottom right corner, top left corner, and bottom left corner.

Step 2. All you need to do is to follow the drag-and-drop windows into the four corners of your screen.

Split screen into four parts

Snap Layouts: A New Windows 11 Feature

Recently, Microsoft introduced a different snap layout feature for Windows 11. You can access this function by hovering over the minimize feature on your screen or using the Windows key + Z concurrently.

Immediately you press these keys, a transparent option to select your preferred snap pops up at the top right corner of your screen. After selecting your preferred screen, your active window gets adjusted to one side with options to set and select other available windows.

Windows 11 feature- Snap layouts

How to Do Split Screen on Windows through Shortcuts?

Splitting screens on Windows can be done using a keyboard shortcut since Microsoft has a way of incorporating shortcuts into everything.

Step 1. Press the Windows key simultaneously with the right or left arrow key from any active window. Depending on your selection, your active screen will snap to either the right or left side of your screen.

Step 2. In addition, depending on the number of screens you want, you can use the Windows key + up or down (arrow) key to place the window in the top or bottom corner. This is most useful when splitting screens into many sections.

Step 3. To split into four screens, you must first split using the Windows key + right or left arrow key before using the Windows key + up or down arrow key. For example, to place a screen at the top right corner, use the Windows key + right arrow key, then click on that window to make it active before pressing the Windows key + up arrow key.

Final Thoughts

No doubt that splitting screen makes multitasking easy for you. You can use the shortcut for one screen and drag others; there is no fast rule about how to split screens on Windows. For shortcuts to work, the screen must first be activated by clicking on it.

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