How to Split Laptop Screen or PC Monitor in Windows

Spit screen lets you enhance your multitasking experience and you get to work faster. In this article, we’ll share with you how you can split laptop screen or PC monitor.

People love to work on their PCs or laptops because these devices work quite efficiently. These device devices have a number of features like speed, multiple tasks at a time, sharing files or documents, and so on. But, most people are not aware of one of the features i.e., splitting screen/monitor in Windows which helps to do multiple tasks at the same time. This helps you to see the information from multiple sources at a time, or just to do multitasks.

However, you can split your screen on a Windows 10 computer by snapping windows into place and your screen can split into halves, thirds, or quarters. Also, there are a few easy shortcuts on a keyboard that can quickly split your screen. Well, in this article, we will let know how can you split your screen on your PC so that you can take full advantage of this feature. So, let’s get started.

Split Laptop Screen with Windows 10 via Snap Assist

Split Laptop Screen

Snap Assist is a feature in Windows 10 that enables you to drag and drop a window to the part of the screen you want to snap it to. But, firstly, make sure this feature is enabled. 

  1. Click Start Menu and open Settings.
  2. Click System and select the Multitasking tab (also, there is a slider called Snap Windows, make sure that it is On).

Also, you have the option to choose certain options such as:

  • When I snap a window, size it to fill available space automatically.
  • I snap a window, showing what I can snap next to it.
  • When I resize a snap window, resize any adjacent snapped window simultaneously.

Split a screen between two windows

If you want to split a screen between two windows then, follow the simple steps:

  1. Simply, drag one of the windows by its title bar to the left or right side of a screen.  You will see an outline of the window that appears now, release your mouse and the window will snap into that outlined position. 
  2. You will now see all other open programs appear in thumbnails on an opposite side of a screen.
  3. Now, click one of the other program windows and it’ll snap to the other side of a screen so, you will have two windows side-by-side. 

Split a screen between four windows

If you have a larger display, you can snap up to four windows to the screen – one in each corner. The process is similar to snapping a window to either side of the screen:

  1. Simply, drag one of the windows by its title bar to a corner of the screen. The screen will flash and you will see an outline of where the window will appear. Let go of the mouse to snap a window into place.
  2. Drag the next window to another corner in the same way again, let go of the mouse to snap it into place. 
  3. In an empty space of your screen, you should see thumbnails of your remaining open windows. Now click the program you want and if, you want it to take up a third of the screen, snap it to the remaining side of the screen entirely. If you want to pin four windows, drag it by a title bar to snap it into one of the remaining corners. Then, select another window to pin to the final corner. 

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Hence, two windows can be displayed split-screen, or four can be displayed in a quadrant set up. One window can be set to fill half the screen while two others fill the top and bottom of the other half of a screen. However, you can not snap three windows in a side-by-side layout not without taking help from a third-party app.

Split a screen via keyboard shortcuts

If you tend to work on multiple screens a lot then, you can use keyboard shortcuts to do it faster. After a time, these shortcuts will become the second character.

  • Snap a window to the left or right side: use the Windows key + left/right arrow simultaneously 
  • Snap a window to one corner (or one-fourth) of a screen: use the Windows key + left/right arrow then up/down arrow simultaneously 
  • Make one window full-screen: use the Windows key + up arrow until the window fills the screen simultaneously 
  • Expand a quarter-window to a half-window: use the Windows key + up/down arrow simultaneously 

Split Screen on Windows XP/7/8

If you have an older version of Windows then, you might not have access to the same built-in tools and many of the freeware options would not work like Windows 10. To do so, follow the simple steps given below:

On Windows 7

Follow the following steps:

  1. Open two windows or apps
  2. Place your mouse in an empty area at the top of any open window. Long-press the left mouse button and drag the window to the left half of a screen.
  3. Release the mouse and the window will take up half the screen.
  4. Repeat Step 2 for the second window but this time drag it to the right side of a screen before releasing the mouse. Hence, this will take up the right half of a screen.

From now on your second monitor will display an extended part of your computer. To get into another display (just like Windows 10) simply, move your cursor to the right side.

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On Windows 8

Follow the following steps:

  1. Open two or more windows or apps.
  2. Place your mouse in an empty area at the top of one of the windows. Long-press the left mouse button and drag the window to the left side of a screen. Also, move it all the way as far as possible.
  3. Release the mouse to snap a window to the left side of a screen
  4. Select any other window to snap to the right side of a screen.
  5. Drag the dividing line to resize the windows. Keep in mind when you move the line between the windows or apps then, only one screen is resized at once (not both) as in Windows 10.

On Windows XP

Follow the following steps:

  1. Open your Windows XP and turn on the monitor.
  2. Plug your cable into the PC graphics card (or laptop display port) and monitor.
  3. Now, go to the display control panel by right-clicking anywhere on a display and selecting properties i.e., it will take you to the Display properties.
  4. In the setting tab, select your monitor and check on “Extend my Windows Desktop onto this Monitor” then, click OK.

However, now, you are good to go for the second monitor setup. To access the second monitor, just like windows 10 simply, move your cursor to the right side till it reaches the second monitor.

Split Laptop Screen with Freeware

Microsoft Windows 10 already has this built-in feature, just drag your window to any corner of a screen and it will snap, resize and fit half of the screen automatically. If this built-in feature does not work well for you then, there are a number of freeware apps that grant access to more advanced features. A few of these apps include WindowsGrid, GridMove, and AltDrag.  

However, the drawback to freeware apps is that the developers make nothing or subsequently nothing for their development so, support for these programs can end unexpectedly. For extended support for screen-splitting apps, consider a paid program (also called Paid Software) that performs a similar task to split laptop screen.

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