Split Screen View of Safari and Mail on Mac

How to Quickly Enter Split Screen View in MacOS

With the release of MacOS El Capitan back in 2015, MacOS gained the ability to enter into split screen mode.  That is, you can have two apps running next to each other side-by-side on your screen.  It is a great way to multitask between two apps you are having to work with at the same time.

I’m a heavy use of Split Screen and there is a quick and easy way to enter into the mode.  The most common way to enter into this viewing mode is to open up the multitasking screen in MacOS then drag the window to an existing desktop to split them on that same screen.  It works, but there is a quicker way.  In this How To, I’ll show you so you can get into Split Screen mode a lot faster.

First, make sure you have any apps open on your MacBook displaying as windows.  This trick won’t work if you are viewing them in full screen mode.

Multiple Windows on Mac Desktop

Multiple Windows on Mac Desktop

On one of your windows, press and hold the green full screen button at the top of the window.  After a couple of seconds, your screen will morph with the window you have selected being moved to the left side of your display while other apps you have open are shown on the right side.

Long Press of Green Maximize Button Opens Split Screen View

Long Press of Green Maximize Button Opens Split Screen View

Now select the second app you want to open in split screen view and it will take over the right side of your display as you would expect for using this viewing mode.

Split Screen View of Safari and Mail on Mac

Split Screen View of Safari and Mail on Mac

That’s it!  Now you can use split screen view as you normally do on your Mac.  You just got there a lot quicker.

Be sure to check out other How To’s for MacOS, iOS and Apple Watch in the Tips & Tricks section.

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