A split screen on Windows 10 is a multitask approach where there are multiple applications displayed on a screen at once. If this is what you are trying to achieve, this tutorial will show you how to do split screen on Windows 10 normal laptop or desktop mode, on PC with two monitors, or on tablet mode where most people have trouble trying to do split screen with.
How to do split screen on Windows 10 laptop or desktop mode
On normal desktop mode, here’s how to snap program windows into split screen on Windows 10.
- On a program’s window that you want to snap to one side of your screen, left-click and hold onto its title bar (any part at the top of the window).
- While holding the title bar of the program’s window, move it to your preferred side of the screen. It can be left or right, or top left, top right, bottom left or bottom right if you want to do a quad apps split screen.
- When the window reaches the side of the screen, a light outline will appear on the edge of the screen for snap confirmation. Release your mouse button to confirm the snap and have the app’s window snap at the chosen side of the screen.
- Repeat for other apps to achieve a multi-apps split screen.
How to do split screen on Windows 10 tablet mode
For splitting screen on Windows 10 tablet mode, the simple drag and snap doesn’t always work. There are chances that when you try to snap an app’s window like how you would on desktop mode on a Windows 10 tablet, it might just go back to full screen mode as soon as you try to snap it. If that’s what happening, here’s a quick method you can try to achieve split screen on your Windows 10 tablet mode.
- While you are on full screen of an app, swipe down from the top of the screen to the middle.
- While holding the app on your fingertip, swipe it to left or right side of the screen.
- The app should now snap onto the the side of the screen.
Demonstration on a YouTube video:
Please know that this method might still not work on your tablet because there are simply too many different models of Windows 10 tablets and not all work the same way as they seem to.
How to do split screen on Windows 10 with two monitors
The problem with trying to snap a window to the edge of screen in between two monitors to achieve split screen on Windows 10 is that, most of the time, the program window would just move through the screens instead of showing the snap outline confirmation. The snapping usually works on all edges of the screens on both monitors except the edges that are in between the two monitors.
The solution, however, is surprisingly easy. The culprit that causes the app windows to go through edges of both screens instead of snapping them is that they were moved too fast across the screens. Try to move your app slowly as it reaches the edge of your screen. It should then pop the snap confirmation. Release to have it snapped on the side of your screen.
Split screen not working on Windows 10 laptop, desktop or tablet mode
If nothing works to snap apps into split screen on your Windows 10 PC or tablet, check on the snap settings to see if they are properly enabled.
- Go to start menu or Cortana and open Settings.
- Navigate to System > Multitasking in the Settings window.
- Make sure all options under Snap windows are On and enabled.
These options are usually enabled by default. If in any case they are disabled, the windows snapping will not work as it has been told not to. Once enabled, restart your device and try to snap any app window into split screen. It should work now.