Chromebook is an excellent tool for window management. With Chromebook, you can get your online and cloud-based work done with ease. One of the useful productivity features of Chrome OS is that it lets you split your screens from several apps. You can display tabs or numerous apps side-by-side on the same screen. So, you can be productive with more than one window at a time, saving yourself from swapping back and forth between apps and windows all day long!
To view two windows at the same time it is very easy to go split-screen on your Chromebook. This article will cover how to split a screen on a Chromebook, in both desktop and tablet mode, along with easy and handy shortcuts.
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Method 1: How to Do a Split-Screen on Chromebook
Follow the steps below to learn how to split your screen on a Chromebook-
- Step 1:Open the first app that you would want to use and then click on the window size-reducer button that is present on the top-right corner of the window.
- Step 2: Now hold your mouse and drag the window to either side of the screen. A vertical line will come up in the center of the screen and at that point, release the window. It will automatically fit into one-half of the screen.
- Step 3: Open the second app that you want to use and then click on the window size-reducer button that is present in the top-right corner of the window.
- Step 4: Then drag the window into the other half of the screen. When this side of the screen grays out, release the window.
If you click on the window expand button that is present in the top-right corner of both the app windows, you will go back to your usual window configuration.
Additionally, you can use a few shortcuts to make a split-screen on Chromebook which involves minimal mouse movement.
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Method 2: How to Split Screen on Chromebook Shortcuts
- Firstly, you can long-press either the minimize or maximize button that is present next to the close window button on the top-right corner of the top bar of your window or app. An arrow will appear on both sides. Then move your mouse cursor over to the side where you want to move the window. You will see half of the window moved to one side.
- If you want to be even faster, you can accomplish the same thing by using the keyboard shortcut ALT + [or].
There is another shortcut to resize both your windows at the same time – hover the divider that is there between the split-screen windows and you will find a small box that appears below your pointer. This will allow you to resize both your windows at the same time.
- Lastly, enter the overview mode (you can either do a 3-finger swipe up on the trackpad or use the shortcut key present on top of the keyboard) and then drag and release the mini windows on either half and they will expand into split-view.
If you are using a tablet, you can use Chromebook even there too. There are simple and easy tricks for you to split the screen on a Chromebook.
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Method 3: How To Make a Split Screen on Chromebook in Tablet-Mode
When you are using your tablet, you can either swipe up and then hold from the bottom of the screen or swipe down and then hold from the top of the screen to activate overview mode.
Once you have done that, you can keep on doing that gesture to drag your now-minimized window to either side of the screen to snap it into the split-screen mode, or you can release and drop it with the other minimized windows in the overview mode. Then from that simple overview screen, long-press and drag any minimized window to either side of the screen to snap it in place.
When one half of the screen has been covered, you will see other open windows on the other side of the screen and you can choose whichever you want to fit into the other half of the screen. Once your windows are in split-screen mode, you will again be able to swipe up or down from the edges of the screen to get back to overview mode and choose an app or select a replacement window from the shelf. In case the app that you need is not in either of these places, you have to swipe up to go home and start the process all over again with the apps which you need already open.
Lastly, your split-screen apps can be resized by touching the divider bar and pausing there for just about a second until the bar gets slightly wider. When this happens, drag the bar to split the screen into a half-half layout or a one-quarter/three-quarter layout.
Method 4: How to Split Screen on a Touchscreen Chromebook
If you are using a Chrome OS tablet or a touchscreen Chromebook in tablet or tent mode, you can split the screen using touch gestures. It works the same as the touchpad gestures. However, there are some more functionalities;
- Like Android phone gestures, the user has to do a one-finger swipe up and hold to open the overview menu. Here, the user has to press and hold the window of their choice and drag it to the left or right.
- Then the user has to tap on the second Window on the other side and the screen will be split into two windows.
- The user can swipe up from the shelf to open new apps in split-screen mode on the Chromebook.
- Besides, the user can quickly change windows on either side. They need to do a one-finger swipe up on either side and select a different window.
Hope you find this article useful and can put these shortcut tips and tricks on how to do a split-screen on Chromebook to best practice.