When interacting with an app’s green maximize button, ensure that you click the app first to bring it into focus. Only in-focus apps will provide you with extra options (like Move Window to Desktop) that can enhance your Split View experience.
Apple’s macOS operating system is teeming with efficient features to boost your productivity, and one of the best is Split View. This feature allows you to run two windows side-by-side in full-screen mode, aiding you in focusing exclusively on your tasks and eliminating distractions.
However, there’s more to Split View than just running apps next to each other. You can also adjust the size of each window, swap their positions, and share content between them, creating the ideal workspace for all your needs.
To activate Split View, you need to use an app’s ‘traffic light’ buttons, which are used to close, minimize, or maximize windows. These buttons are located in the top-left corner of any app window, and for Split View, the green button is particularly important. When you hover your pointer over it, you’ll find hidden options crucial to Split View.
Follow our guide and you’ll quickly master Split View in macOS, putting a valuable productivity tool at your fingertips. Let’s delve into how it works.
Tools & requirements
- OS X 10.11 El Capitan or later
- At least two open apps
- Hover over an app’s green maximize button and choose which side of your screen to tile the app to
- Select another app to run alongside it
- Exit Split View by hovering over the green button and picking Move Window to Desktop
- You can share content across Split View apps by dragging and dropping items from one app to another
Step by step guide
1. Set up Split View
Move your pointer over the green maximize button in an app’s top-left corner.
A menu appears with three options: Enter Full Screen, Tile Window to Left of Screen, or Tile Window to Right of Screen. Choose the second or third option.
After selecting one, your app will move to fill half of your Mac’s screen, with the floating windows of your other open apps on the other side.
Select the other app you want and it will join Split View on the other side of your screen.
If you have an app in full-screen mode, you can still make it enter Split View. Press Ctrl+Up to show Mission Control, then drag the app window onto the full-screen app shown at the top of the display. A small preview window will indicate whether it will be positioned on the left or right side of Split View.
2. Adjust Split View windows
You have the flexibility to adjust Apple’s window arrangement to your preference.
You’ll notice a black vertical line between the two apps in Split View. Click and drag this to change the size of each Split View app and adjust the screen space they occupy. You can double click the line to return your apps to their original sizes.
To replace one of the apps in Split View, simply click the app window, then move your pointer to the top of the app to reveal the traffic light buttons. Now hover your pointer over the green button in the app you want to swap out and select Replace Tiled Window. Choose an app to replace it, and you’ll have your new Split View arrangement.
To move an app to the other side of your screen, click and drag its title bar and move the app across.
3. Exit Split View
Exiting Split View is slightly more complex than entering it, but it’s still straightforward.
Click an app in Split View, then hover your pointer over its green maximize button. Now, select Move Window to Desktop. This will restore it to its previous size before entering Split View.
The other app that was in Split View may appear to have disappeared, but it’s still accessible – it’s in full-screen mode on another desktop space.
You can retrieve it by pressing Cmd+Tab to find it, or by accessing Mission Control (Ctrl+Up) and selecting it from the desktop spaces at the top of your screen. Alternatively, use a three- or four-finger swipe on a trackpad to navigate through desktop spaces, then minimize it out of full-screen mode.
4. Share content between windows
Moving content between some apps in Split View mode is straightforward.
Simply drag and drop content from one app to another. For example, you can drag and drop an image from a web browser into a Notes document, or move text from a word processing file to a Keynote presentation. This feature enables seamless sharing of content across files you are working on without the need to switch between apps or copy and paste.
Split View in macOS offers an effective way to work with multiple documents.
Its flexibility allows you to resize windows, swap them, and rearrange them easily. Most of the features are intuitive and simple to grasp. Once you’ve mastered it, Split View could become an indispensable part of your daily workflow.