Stupid Simple Mac Tips #27 Split Screens: Twice the Screens, Twice the Productivity

by | Apr 28, 2020

When you’re continually going between two apps or programs on your laptop, it’s infuriating to navigate between the two.

As a lawyer, you are continuously working on complicated tasks and projects that require this kind of feature.  That is unless you utilize a nifty little tool that’s the subject of this Stupid Simple Mac Tips: split screens on your Mac OS.

A Brief Breakdown of Split Screens

In newer Macs, something called Split View is available that enters split-screen with ease (One pivotal reason to always have an updated Mac).

Here’s how to get it done:

  • Open two-plus windows that you wish to pair in a split-screen layout, be it browser windows, apps, documents, etc.
  • Select the first window and find the three colored dots in the upper left corner that are respectively red, yellow, and green. These dots control the window.
  • Hover the cursor over the green dot to display two small ‘expand’ arrows.
  • Hold down on the green dot to generate a list of options that includes ‘Enter Full Screen,’ ‘Tile Window to Left of Screen,’ and ‘Tile Window to Right of Screen.’
  • Selecting the second or third option in the list will fill that portion of your display
  • The first app will now appear on one half of the screen, with thumbnails of any other open windows on the other side.
  • Select your other desired window for Split View mode to expand it and fill the empty space. This action will complete the Split View experience
  • Now, switching from each screen only requires your tapping of either window

And, so ends the story of how to do two things at once!