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How to Split the View on Your Mac into Two Windows: A Step-by-Step Guide

Split Mac View: Learn to Split Your Mac Screen

Have you ever wanted to split your Mac’s screen into two windows? This guide will show you step by step on how to achieve this easily. Follow along and get your screen working more efficiently for you! 👍


Select the Window for Splitting

Firstly, identify the window you want to split. For instance, let’s use the Calendar app for example. Select it as the first window you want to split. 🖱️


Hover Over the Green Dot

Move your mouse cursor and hover over the green dot located at the top left corner of the Calendar app. Hovering on it will give you several options. 🟢 You can go full screen or you can tile the window on either the left or the right side of your screen. Let’s select the left side for now.


Choose the Second Window

With your first window selected and taking up the left side of the screen, it’s time to select the second window. Let’s select the Safari app. Selecting it will automatically arrange it on the right side of your screen. 📂


Adjust the Divider

An important point to note is that there’s a divider in the middle of your screen. If you need more space for one of your windows, simply grab and drag the divider to either side. This feature is handy when you want to resize your windows. ➡️⬅️


Exiting the Split Screen Mode

To exit the split-screen view, you can either use your Escape button or move your mouse towards the top of your screen until you see the dots again. Clicking on the green dot will easily get you out of split-screen mode. 🔄 ⬆️

Conclusion: 🏁

So there you have it, a simple guide on how to split your Mac’s screen into two windows. It’s easy to follow, and you’ll be multitasking with split screens in no time. Give it a try and make the best use of your Mac’s display! ⭐


Splitting your view allows you to work on two applications side-by-side without the distraction of other open applications. It’s useful for multi-tasking and improving productivity.

To start Split View, you should first click and hold the full-screen button in the upper-left corner of a window. As you hold the button, the window shrinks and you can drag it to the left or right side of the screen.

Once you choose a side for the first window, you can choose another window to fill the other half of your screen.

Yes, you can adjust the size of the windows in Split View. Simply click and hold the divider in the middle, then drag it left or right to adjust the size.

While there isn’t a function to quickly switch the sides of the windows, you can resize and manually move them to the sides you prefer.

Not all apps support Split View. You’ll need to try with individual apps to see if they support it.

To exit Split View, move your cursor to the top of your screen to reveal the menu bar. Then, click the full-screen button of the window you want to exit from.

Yes, you can use Split View on each monitor if you use more than one with your Mac.

No, the Split View feature only allows for two windows at a time. However, you can have multiple windows open and switch between them using the Mission Control feature.

No, using Split View should not affect the performance of your Mac. It simply rearranges open windows on your screen.

Split View is available on OS X El Capitan (version 10.11) and later versions.

There isn’t a specific keyboard shortcut to activate Split View, but once activated, you can use the Command + Tab shortcut to switch between applications.

Yes, if your monitor is switched to Portrait mode, Split View will arrange windows one on top of the other, instead of side by side.

No, Split View does not require any particular hardware. It’s a feature of the macOS.

The general principles remain the same, but there may be slight variations in how to use Split View depending on the version of macOS.

Yes, if you are using an emulator like Parallels Desktop to run Windows applications on your Mac, you can use Split View just like you would with Mac applications.

Yes, Split View does work with accessibility features like VoiceOver.

Ensure that you’re clicking and holding the full-screen button of a window to activate Split View. Also, check if the app you’re trying to split supports Split View.

Mission Control is a feature of macOS that provides a bird’s eye view of everything running on your Mac. It allows you to see all open windows, full-screen apps, and Spaces in one place.

You can activate Mission Control while in Split View by swiping up with three or four fingers on your trackpad, or pressing the Mission Control key on your keyboard. This gives you a quick way to switch between different windows or Spaces.

You can try exiting Split View and then re-entering it. If that doesn’t work, you may need to force quit the application by pressing Command + Option + Escape and selecting the unresponsive app.

Yes, Split View actually uses Full Screen mode to display two applications side by side without distractions.

You can click on the app you want to switch to, or use the Command + Tab keyboard shortcut.

Yes, if you are using your iPad as a secondary display for your Mac (also known as Sidecar), you can use Split View on the iPad display.

Make sure you are grabbing the divider in the center of the window. Additionally, some apps may not support resizing in Split View.

You can use Split View for tasks such as comparing documents, writing with reference materials open, managing files, coding with documentation open, and more.

No, in Split View you can only interact with one window at a time. However, you can quickly switch between the two.

In Split View, you can resize the windows to take up to approximately one-third or two-thirds of the screen. You cannot make one window take up the entire screen or just a small fraction of the screen.

If you switch to a different Space, the Split View will not be visible until you switch back to the Space where it is activated.

Yes, most features of macOS, including Hot Corners and the Dock, are accessible while in Split View mode.