Adobe Post 20210624 2340200.1328683971494844 compress8 How to Split your Screen on Windows 11 into 2, 3, and 4 Sections (2 Methods)

How to Split your Screen on Windows 11 into 2, 3, and 4 Sections (2 Methods)

Do you want to work on multiple screens at the same time? Switching them is confusing, time-consuming, and on rare occasions can be a nightmare. There is a solution with Windows 11 split-screen capability. In this guide, you will learn 2 easy and simple methods to split your screen on Windows 11 computer into two, three, and four sections.

You can split your screen into multiple sections to improve your productivity. Split screen allows you to view and access multiple windows at once. Display up to 4 app windows at a time, each window occupying a quarter of the screen. The Split Screen feature makes multitasking easier than ever.

2 Ways to Split your Screen on Windows 11 PC & Laptop

When using the split-screen feature in Windows 10, the process was significantly different. Windows 11 made it a lot easier, but it kept the traditional approach which will be discussed in the following section.

Below are 2 methods that you can use to split your screen into different sections. But first, you need to enable Snap Assist.

To enable Snap Assist in Windows 11, press WINDOWS + I to launch the ‘Settings’, and then click on ‘System’ and then tap on the ‘Multitasking‘ tab. Now, click on the toggle to enable the snap assist.

enabling Snap Assist (step-by-step guide)
enabling Snap Assist (step-by-step guide)

Method 1: Split your Screen on Windows 11 Using Maximize Button

With Windows 11, splitting the screen has become much easier and faster. Now you don’t have to scroll hold to drag windows or use keyboard shortcuts to display multiple windows on the screen.

To split the screen in Windows 11, move your cursor over the maximize button in the upper right corner of the window. You will see a small box with four options for a split screen.

  1. The first option splits the screen into two identical parts, so both window screens occupy the same space.
  2. The second option also split the screen into two, but there is an uneven distribution in terms of the screen space it occupies. In this case, the one on the left occupies more space than the one on the right.
  3. The third option splits the screen into three, taking the left half in one window and the right half in two quarters.
  4. The fourth option splits the screen into four parts, each window taking up a quarter of the screen.

Now, let’s see how you can split your screen in Windows 11 into two, three, and four sections.

Split your Screen into two Sections

If you want to use two apps simultaneously, there’s an option to split the screen into two.

  • Move the cursor over the maximize button, and select one of the parts of the first option.
  • Now, the current application window will occupy the selected half of the screen, and you will find other applications open in the other half as thumbnails. Select the one you want to add to the other half of the screen.
  • Finally, you have two app windows on the screen and can access and work on them simultaneously.
Split your Screen into two Sections by taping on the first option
Split into 2 sections

Split you Screen into Three Sections

If you plan to work on three apps simultaneously, there’s an option to split the screen into three.

  • Move your cursor over the maximize button and choose either of the three parts in the third option.
  • Now, for each of the opened windows, select your desired app to continue working.
  • Finally, you now have three open windows on the screen, split according to your choice.
Split your Screen into three Sections by taping on the third option
Split the screen into 3 sections

Split Screen into Four Sections

Splitting the screen into four is pretty much the same as what we discussed in the last section.

  • Hover the cursor over the maximize button of the current window, choose the desired quarter in the last option.
  • Now, select the other apps to be on the split-screen accordingly.
  • You now have four app windows on the screen, and can access and work on them at the same time.
Split your Screen into four Sections by taping on the fourth option
Split the screen into 4 sections

Note: Splitting the screen into three or four windows affects the visibility and clarity, thereby nullifying the whole purpose. Hence, it’s recommended that you do it on a larger display only.

Method 2: Split your Screen on Windows 11 by Manually Snapping Windows to the Sides

There are two ways to split the screen to view multiple windows at the same time. You can hold down the windows and drag and drop them to the corner you want or use keyboard shortcuts. Let’s start by splitting the screen in two, once you get the hang of the concept, you can move up to four.

To split the screen into two by manually snapping windows to the side, Hold down and drag the desired window to either side until the cursor moves. Release the cursor when you find a fuzzy outline indicating the position that the background application should occupy. Also, you can simply open the desired window and press the WINDOWS + LEFT/RIGHT ARROW KEY to split the screen into two.

Using the default settings, once one of the windows occupies half the screen, the other open windows will show up in the other half. Select the one you want to add to the other side of the screen.

Similarly, you can split the screen into three and four sections and view and access the same number of application windows at the same time. This makes multitasking very easy.

Final Words

That’s all there’s to how to split your screen on Windows 11 PC & laptop into two, three, and four sections using two easy methods. You can use the new method introduced in Windows 11 or any of the existing methods, whichever is appropriate, to use multitasking that was not previously available.


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