Numerous apps and websites are accessible on phones and computers, including our favorite Chromebooks, and can be used simultaneously. But switching between windows repeatedly can be tedious and perplexing. By incorporating multitasking capabilities into Chrome OS, Google has made an attempt to address this issue. Here’s how to use Chromebook split screen mode.
- Open an app or a new tab in Chrome.
- In the window’s upper-right corner, click and hold the Maximize/Restore button.
- To snap an application or window to a specific corner of the screen, move your mouse to that area.
- Let go of the mouse.
How to Activate Split Screen With the Maximize/Restore Button
Uncommonly, split screen mode can be launched by pressing the Maximize/Restore button at the top of the window.
- Open a Chrome window or an app.
- Click and hold the Maximize/Restore button in the upper-right corner of the window.
- You can snap an application or window to a specific side of the screen by dragging your mouse there.
- Let go of the mouse.
You can now multitask by doing the same for your other window or app.
How to Set Up Split Screen by Dragging and Dropping on Your Chromebook
Drag and dropping your window to the desired location is occasionally the simplest way to use split screen.
- Open a fresh tab or Chrome app.
- Move your mouse to the menu bar (the top of the window).
- Drag the window to the desired side by clicking and holding.
- Releasethe mouse when you’re on the side of the screen you want the window to snap to.
It’s simple to position your windows exactly where you need them by dragging and dropping them.
How to Split Screen in Overview Mode
You can access the overview mode in desktop/clamshell mode for a slightly fancier approach. Overview mode is comparable to what Windows 10 or Windows 11’s Task View looks like on a Windows system. Here is an example of how to apply it.
- Use the shortcut key on the top of your keyboard or use a 3-finger swipe up on the trackpad to enter overview mode
- To expand the mini windows into split view, simply drag and drop their preview to either side.
You can easily resize the windows in clamshell mode regardless of the technique you select. Hovering the split-screen window border will cause a small box to appear beneath your pointer that you can use to resize both windows at once. Using this technique, you can see a live preview of the split screen’s final appearance.
How to Use Keyboard Shortcuts to Enable Split Screen
There is a keyboard shortcut available if you don’t want to use your mouse to activate split screen.
- Start Chrome or a program.
- Click alt+[ to snap the window to the left or alt+] to snap the window to the right.
While keeping your hands on the keyboard, multitask.
How to Use Split Screen on a Chromebook in Tablet/Tent Mode
The good news is that split-screen functionality is still available in this mode if you frequently use your Chromebook as a tablet. Since you’ll be using your fingers, it requires a little more patience, but as they say, practice makes perfect. Also keep in mind that switching between full-screen and overview mode should be easy when using split screen in tablet or tent mode. Here’s how to use it.
- To activate overview mode, just swipe up while holding from the bottom. Alternatively, you can choose a different app from the overview screen or carry on with the gesture that will move your most recent app to one side of the screen.
- When you have one side covered, the other side of your screen will display other windows that are available, and you can quickly choose one of them to occupy the other half of your screen. You’ll need to open the desired app and start the procedure over if it isn’t already open or stored on the shelf.
- While you still have some control over the sizing in tablet mode compared to clamshell mode, you cannot resize your split screen apps as much. In tablet mode, tap the divider bar and hold the position for a brief moment until you notice the bar getting a little wider. Drag the bar to split the screen into a one-quarter/three-quarter layout or a half-and-half after you’ve seen this animation. Although there are fewer options for sizing, most tablet applications on Chromebooks tend to work well with them.
Bonus: How to Maximize a Window on Your Chromebook
You might want to use a single window after multitasking is complete. On a Chromebook, there are a few options. Let’s look at each of them separately.
How to Maximize a ChromeOS Window Using the Maximize/Restore Button
- Choose the window that you want to maximize.
- Click the Maximize/Restore button in the upper-right corner of the window.
Your window fills your screen when a button is tapped.
How to Maximize a Window Via Drag and Drop
- Ensure that the active window is the screen you want to maximize.
- Drag the window to the top of your screen by clicking, holding, and dragging.
- Release the mouse.
The size of your window has been expanded to its full potential.
How to Maximize a ChromeOS Window With a Keyboard Shortcut
- The window of your choice should be selected.
- Select the Alt+= buttons at the same time.
You have maximized your desired window with a single keystroke.
On other operating systems, such as Windows, macOS, or Linux desktop environments, you might have seen users split the screen so that two windows could be displayed side by side. But have you ever wondered how to accomplish the same task on a Chromebook?
You can benefit from it to make working with multiple windows simpler now that you are aware of how simple it is to do it with mouse and keyboard shortcuts.
How to Split Screen on Chromebook With Keyboard
There is a straightforward keyboard shortcut for split screen as well, which will please those who prefer keyboard input for everything. How to use it is provided below. To do this, simply use ALT+[ to snap a window to the left side of the screen, or ALT+] to snap a window to the right side of the screen.
How to Split Screen on Chromebook for Students
- Click and hold the Maximize button on the desired window.
- Drag the arrow to the left or right.
- Add a second window and repeat.