How to Split a Widescreen Monitor

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How to Split a Widescreen Monitor
Split a widscreen monitor display into two viewable halves. (gibbone al monitor image by jeffbeal from

The major benefit of a widescreen monitor is the ability to see more of your viewing screen and open windows. Windows 7 takes advantage of widescreen displays by including a "snap" feature. This lets you split your monitor view into two separate sides by fitting programs or windows into half-screen views. You can view two programs side-by-side at the same time and take advantage of the wider viewing space offered by your widescreen monitor. You can revert the screen back to a full-screen view by expanding the program window.

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  1. 1

    Open a program or window that you want to split, then click and hold the left mouse button on the top frame of the window.

  2. 2

    Drag the window to either the left or right of the screen. Keep dragging it until you see a blue box outline pop-up over half the screen, then release the mouse button.

  3. 3

    Click on the top frame of another window and drag it to the other side of the Windows screen until the blue box appears on the second half of the screen, then release the mouse button. The screen will now be split between the two programs.

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