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How to split your screen on a Chromebook

If you've done it on Windows before, you'll feel right at home.
February 11, 2022

Chromebooks are quickly becoming cheap yet well-built modern workhorses, but for Windows and Mac users, making the switch can be troublesome. Simple functions that are muscle memory tend to be slightly bit different on Chrome OS, so we’re putting out many helpful guides on the basics to make the switch a little easier. Here are a few ways to use split-screen on a Chromebook.

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To split your screen on a Chromebook, drag a window to the left or right edge, or any corner of the screen to automatically fit it to that half or corner. Then drag any other windows the same way to fill the rest of your screen.

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Drag your windows to the sides

Put simply, click and hold (or use your finger if your device has a touchscreen) the very top of your given app/tab and drag it to the very edge of your screen on the left, right, or any corner. You should see an outline that partitions your screen in half or a quarter. Once you see that, release your click (or finger), and your window will automatically size itself to that portion of the screen.

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Other windows or tabs you have open may also pop up next to it, and you can click any one of those to fit that window to the rest of the screen. You can split your Chromebook screen in the corners to fit four total apps.

Use the maximize button to split your screen

You can also use the maximize/minimize button located near the top-right of a window to split your screen on a Chromebook. To use this to split your Chromebook screen, simply click the button and hold. Then, release on either arrow that appears.

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Alternatively, you can do the split-screen keyboard shortcut by holding the alt button and using the left or right bracket (next to the letter P on US keyboard layouts) to pin a window to either side of the screen.

After snapping a window to one side, you can also use Ctrl + N to open a new window in the space on the opposite side of the screen.

How to get rid of split screen on Chromebook

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To turn off split-screen and return to a full-sized window, just click the maximize button at the top right of a window or drag a window to the top of your screen to fill it with just one app.

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