How to use split screen in Windows 10

You can boost your productivity with this simple split-screen trick in Windows 10, letting you see multiple things on one monitor. know how

In the last office I worked, it was necessary to visualize the number of users on the websites of several of our clients. It was a company focused on Google's Adwords area (paid advertisements) and we had to keep an eye on how many users were connected in real time, to know if, for example, the number of users dropped drastically at some point, it could indicate a problem on the website.

As there were about 6 to 8 sites (sometimes up to 12) that we needed to monitor at the same time, the solution they found for this was a browser plugin for Firefox that allowed us to open a single browser and leave the tabs open in a single screen . This plugin was great, but over time, due to changes in Firefox, it was no longer possible to open all the tabs and display them simultaneously in one window.

The plugin opened several windows and then just resized them. To open multiple windows and then resize I don't need a plugin! I do it myself! The solution to this was to download an old version of the browser and plugin so that we could use it as was best for us. For a web application, it was easy to solve the problem, however, what if the case was necessary to see several software on the screen at once?

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Using split monitor can help your productivity

Quick FAQ

How to Split Windows 10 Screen

The most fundamental way to use split screen in Windows 10 is to drag an open window to the left or right side of the screen. This will automatically 'snap' that window to take up exactly half of the screen.

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What are split-screen keyboard shortcuts?

Adjust window to left or right half: Win + left / right arrow;
Dock the window in the corner/room of the screen: Win + left/right arrow and up/down arrow;
Make window full screen: Win + up arrow to full screen;
Expand ¼ window to ½ window: Win + up/down arrow;

How to rotate Windows screen?

With the mouse cursor on the screen you want to rotate, press Ctrl + Alt + Right Arrow to rotate the screen clockwise. You can also press Ctrl + Alt + Left Arrow to rotate counterclockwise or Ctrl + Alt + Down Arrow to place the screen in an inverted horizontal view. Ctrl + Alt + up arrow will return you to the default landscape.

The solution: Use split screen on Windows

The design of Windows 10 has its detractors. While those on the macOS side will quickly point out that the Mac user experience feels like “silently gliding over silky dunes on a distant planet while warming up in eternal spring” (poetic aren't they?), already use Windows 10 is more like… using a computer (which is what I want to do at the moment, if I wanted to “slide over dunes” I would go somewhere with dunes and not stand in front of the PC).

But there is one great feature in Windows, and that is its window docking and screen splitting features, which are so good that even macOS would adopt them later. Back in Windows 7, Microsoft pioneered window splitting, which allows you to quickly drag a window to the edge of the screen so that it occupies exactly half of it.

Now, years later, the feature has improved immeasurably, with split-screen possibilities enhanced by additional features like four-way splitting and Microsoft's excellent PowerToys app. If you have a problem like the one above and you need to have multiple apps open on your screen simultaneously, here we'll explain all the ways to split your screen in Windows 10.

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Also learn how to use Sticky Notes in Windows 10 and have all your important notes on your screen

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The most fundamental way to use split screen in Windows 10 is to drag an open window to the left or right side of the screen. This will automatically 'snap' that window to take up exactly half of the screen.

If you have other windows open at the moment, they will appear as smaller thumbnails on the other half of the screen, at which point you can click on the one that you want to fill that half, it will grow and you will have two windows dividing your screen equally. Alternatively, you can simply continue with what you were doing in the snapped window and the remaining windows will revert back to where they were before you started snapping.

After adjusting the two windows to the left and right half of the screen, you can adjust the occupancy amount of each window by dragging the dividing line in the middle. Instead of just one window overlapping another, Windows will adjust the size of both windows as you drag this line left and right.

You can go a step further and split your screen four ways too, although in fact you want a 1440p (2560 x 1440) resolution monitor to get the most out of it. Any resolution below that, and you will have difficulty seeing much information in any of the windows.

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To adjust a window so that it only takes up a quarter of the screen, drag it to one of the corners of the screen (again, the remaining windows will appear as thumbnails so you can click on them to fit any remaining space on the screen).

Split Screen Keyboard Shortcuts

  • Adjust window to left or right half: Win + left / right arrow;
  • Dock the window in the corner/room of the screen: Win + left/right arrow and up/down arrow;
  • Make window full screen: Win + up arrow to full screen;
  • Expand ¼ window to ½ window: Win + up/down arrow;

Split screen when using two monitors

If you're using dual monitors, you'll find that when you drag a window to the edge of the screen, it will pull to the second screen instead of snapping to the edge of the first. Of course, it's fine if you want to adjust your windows to the second screen anyway, but how about adjusting to the first screen with a dual-monitor setting?

The solution is to drag the window / slowly / to the edge of the first screen. When you see the docking outline of this window, you can release the mouse button and it will snap to the edge or corner of the screen.

Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcuts under the previous heading to adjust windows freely between the two screens. So Win + right arrow will snap to the right edge of the first screen, then do the same again to move it to the left edge of the second screen, and so on.

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Do more with PowerToys FancyZones

If you want to go even deeper into Windows tuning features, you can do it with the Microsoft PowerToys, which opens up a series of extra customizations aimed at advanced Windows 10 users.

One of these features of PowerToys is FancyZones, which lets you split windows in different ways – taking up thirds of the screen, splitting horizontally, and so on. After installing PowerToys, run it as an administrator and click FancyZones in the left pane and 'start layout editor'. To use your custom FancyZones, just hold the Shift key while dragging windows (you can change this shortcut and other window adjustment variables in the main FancyZones window).

How to Rotate Windows Screen

This is a trick that works both for those who work with programming and need to see on screen as many lines of code as possible at the same time as for making a prank with colleagues in the office (don't do that! It's too ugly! I won't! teach it to you to do it with your colleagues, ok? It's not supposed to do!). It just so happened that we eventually got back from lunch and some prankster turned our screen upside down. Some managed to get the screen back to normal quickly, but there were those who, without patience for the command to start working again, would turn the entire monitor, go back to work and then solve the screen.

Learning how to rotate the screen in Windows 10 isn't just worth it for 2-in-1 laptop owners. Being able to quickly switch Windows from landscape mode to portrait mode and vice versa is certainly useful for touchscreen laptops – but many of the best monitors can swivel 90 degrees, allowing you to have a second screen for your PC without taking up as much horizontal space on your desk.

First though, a word about the shortcut method: it doesn't always work. Or rather, the operation will depend on the video driver software. Don't worry, you can always rotate the screen using Windows 10 settings. Here's how to use both screen rotation methods – if you don't use an Intel or AMD integrated graphics card, shortcuts are worth trying either way, but skip to the next step if they don't work.

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How to rotate the screen in Windows 10: Keyboard shortcuts

1. With the mouse cursor on the screen you want to rotate, press Ctrl + Alt + Right Arrow to rotate the screen clockwise. You can also press Ctrl + Alt + Left Arrow to rotate counterclockwise or Ctrl + Alt + Down Arrow to place the screen in an inverted horizontal view. Ctrl + Alt + up arrow will return you to the default landscape.

Remember that, depending on your driver or your computer, these shortcuts may not work. If so, let's go to the next step.

How to rotate the screen in Windows 10: Display settings

Display Settings

If the shortcut method from the roof doesn't work, you can do it through the Windows settings. This form is guaranteed to work no matter what software or GPU you use.

  • Go to Desktop

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    1. Right click on the desktop and click on “Display settings”.

  • Go to Display Settings

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    2. Scroll down to “Display Orientation” and select an orientation from the drop-down list. “Portrait” will rotate the screen counterclockwise, while “Portrait (inverted)” will rotate it clockwise.

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  • Choose Display Mode

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    3. Choose the method you want for your monitor and click “Keep Changes”.

use your monitor

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4. You can always change your screen back to its original orientation by repeating these steps and selecting “Landscape” from the drop-down list.

Now leave in the comments, these tips helped you. Have any other tips about the Windows screen to share? Contact us and take the opportunity to read more about Microsoft Windows on our website.

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Paulo Fabris is a journalist, writer, RPG player, gamer, cosplayer, nerd and fan of anime since the time of TV Manchete.