How to View Split Screens in Windows

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A large monitor can be an excellent tool for increasing productivity on a computer. A very large monitor can give you the ability to view two pages of work side-by-side, allowing you to view more content simultaneously and avoid switching windows frequently. Manually adjusting the sizes of two different windows can be a chore, and it can be difficult to get the sizing exactly right. For this reason, Windows includes a feature allowing you to view windows in split-screen mode automatically.

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    Viewing Split Screen in Windows 7

  1. 1

    Click a button on the taskbar to activate the first window that you would like to view in split-screen mode.

  2. 2

    Click and hold with the mouse pointer over the title bar at the top of the window.

  3. 3

    Drag the title bar of the window to the left side of the screen until you see a window outline appear. The outline illustrates the new position of the window, filling the left half of the screen.

  4. 4

    Release the mouse button. The window expands to fill the left half of the screen automatically.

  5. 5

    Repeat the previous steps with the second window to create the right half of the split-screen view.

    Viewing Split Screen in Windows Vista and Earlier

  1. 1

    Click the taskbar button for the first window that you would like to view in split-screen mode.

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    Press and hold the "Ctrl" key on the keyboard, and click the taskbar button for the second window that you would like to view in split-screen mode. You should now see that the taskbar buttons for both windows are darkened.

  3. 3

    Right-click either of the darkened taskbar buttons, and select "Show Windows Side by Side." Windows automatically expands both windows into a split-screen view.

Tips and warnings

  • Windows 7 also has a keyboard shortcut for viewing windows in a split-screen mode. While viewing any window, press the left or right arrow key while holding the Windows logo key to send the active window to the left or right side of the screen.

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