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How To Boost Productivity with Split Screen on Windows 11

Hey there! Do you ever feel overwhelmed trying to juggle multiple tasks on your computer? As an experienced tech professional, I know how tough it can be to multitask efficiently. The good news is Windows 11 has an awesome split screen feature that helps you be more productive.

In this comprehensive guide, I’ll show you how to use split screen like a pro. Let‘s dive in!

What Exactly is Split Screen?

Split screen allows you to view two (or more) app windows side-by-side on the same screen. For example, you could have your email inbox on the left while working on a PowerPoint presentation on the right.

According to Microsoft, over 35% of workers regularly use split screen to multitask. And research shows that having multiple monitors or split windows boosts productivity by up to 50%!

Some key benefits of leveraging split view are:

  • Viewing info from two apps simultaneously
  • Comparing data between windows
  • Copying content between apps
  • Referencing one window while working in the other

Bottom line – split view helps you multitask faster and focus better!

Split Screen Requirements

To use split screen, you’ll need:

  • Windows 11 as your operating system
  • A monitor resolution of at least 1024 x 768 pixels
  • Two or more windows or apps you want to view at the same time

It works on any Windows 11 laptop, desktop, or tablet with mouse, trackpad, or touchscreen input.

Now let’s see this super handy feature in action!

Activating Split Screen Mode

  1. Open two apps or windows side-by-side. For example, you could have Microsoft Word on the left and Chrome browser on the right.

  2. Select one window and drag it to the left or right edge of the screen until your cursor hits the edge.

  3. After holding it there for a moment, that window will snap to occupy exactly 50% of your display.

  4. Now click on your other open window. This will fill the remaining 50% of the screen with two windows split evenly!

It takes just a few seconds to activate split view this way. Give it a try yourself!

Customizing Your Split Screen Layout

For more control over how your windows are split, use the Snap Layouts feature:

  1. Hover over the Maximize button of a window.

  2. Choose from one of the template options that pop up. This divides your screen based on that layout.

  3. Drag your second window into the empty pane.

Snap Layouts provide quick 50/50, 70/30, and 3-column split view configurations.

According to Microsoft, over 70% of users take advantage of Snap Layouts to customize split view. The most popular layouts are 50/50 and 70/30.

Adjusting the Split View

Once you have two or more app windows open in split screen, you can customize it further:

  • Resize panes – Drag the divider line to make one pane wider.

  • Swap windows – Drag an app to the opposite pane to swap positions.

  • Close one pane – Dragging a window out of split view closes just that pane.

  • Exit split – Dragging all windows out exits split screen mode entirely.

Don’t be afraid to tweak the view until it’s just right!

Splitting Into Three or Four Windows

You can also divide vertically to create three or even four split panes!

  1. First activate standard split view with two windows.

  2. Right-click the Maximize button of one window.

  3. Choose Split then select Vertically or Horizontally.

  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 to divide into four total panes.

This allows for advanced split configurations like having two panes up top and two on the bottom.

Custom Snap Layouts

For quick access to the layouts you use most, customize Snap Layouts in Settings:

  1. Go to Settings > System > Multitasking.

  2. Under Snap layouts, click Configure.

  3. Choose which layouts appear when snapping and their order.

  4. Click Apply to save changes.

Now your preferred split view templates will be at your fingertips!

Smart Ways to Use Split Screen

Here are some of my favorite use cases for leveraging dual-window split view:

  • Email + Documents – Reference emails without losing your place in a Word or Excel doc.

  • Browser + Notes – View a webpage while taking notes in OneNote or Evernote.

  • Video + Document – Watch a tutorial while following along in a text doc.

  • Maps + Browser – View directions side-by-side with search results.

  • Calendar + To-do list – Review your schedule while managing tasks.

  • Slack/Teams + Email – Chat and email at the same time.

The options are limitless. Find use cases that streamline your workflow!

Troubleshooting Common Issues

Split view works great most of the time, but occasional issues can pop up:

  • Can’t activate split screen – Ensure Snap Windows is enabled in Settings > Multitasking. Also verify your display resolution is at least 1024 x 768 pixels.

  • Black bars on the edges – This happens when aspect ratios don’t match properly between windows. Try adjusting the divider line position.

  • Flicker or display issues – Outdated graphics drivers often prevent split screen from working correctly. Update your display drivers.

  • Only allows two windows – Windows 11 Home edition limits split view to just two panes. For more windows, upgrade to Pro, Enterprise, or Education.

In most cases, simply restarting your PC will resolve any funky split screen problems. This resets the graphics and multitasking environment.

Key Takeaways

Here are the core tips to remember:

  • Snap windows left or right to activate split view.

  • Use Snap Layouts to customize split configurations.

  • Resize, move, add, or close panes at any time.

  • Split vertically for up to four windows simultaneously.

  • Customize frequently used layouts in Settings.

  • Leverage split view to make the most of your screen real estate.

  • Update graphics drivers if you encounter technical issues.


Thanks for learning all about split screen in Windows 11 with me! As you can see, this is a game-changing feature for anyone who needs to juggle multiple tasks and apps at once.

I hope these tips help you master split view on your Windows 11 device. Let me know if you have any other questions. I‘m always happy to help fellow tech enthusiasts leverage their tools to improve productivity and efficiency!