All Windows devices have the split screen option, including Surface Pro. You do not need a third-party application to split the screen on Windows operating systems. In fact, the split screen feature in Windows 10 is very robust and easy to use.
Forget about pressing high and splitting the screen manually, this takes too much time and effort. You can make it much easier, and this article will show you how to do it. Specifically, in Surface Pro, you can split the screen with your mouse or fingers.
You can manage multiple programs on the screen at the same time.
The wrong way
Many people have the same problem when using Surface Pro or any other computer running Windows 10. They do not know how to split the screen efficiently.
There are a multitude of reasons why you would have multiple tabs running at the same time. You may need to open both Word and Excel to compare graphs and tables. You may also want to play music, listen to a podcast, or check your email in your browser.
We live in an age of multitasking and a tab is never enough, so you may have to split the screen. Pressing the Alt and Tab keys together to switch between tasks is one of the first things you learn in an IT class.
However, doing so is time consuming, especially if you have multiple applications running at the same time. Manually resizing windows to fit the screen is also a nightmare. You may lose and expand the window to full screen, having to do it again.
Forget everything you’ve learned so far, this is how to properly split the screen into a Surface Pro.
The right way
Here’s a little manual on how to split the screen in two into a Surface Pro that can make your life a little easier. Follow these steps for maximum multitasking efficiency:
- In Surface Pro, open multiple apps or tabs. It doesn’t matter which applications or programs you choose.
- You can use the mouse, finger, or pen to grab the top center bar of an application, also called the Title Bar.
- Drag from the title bar to the left edge of the screen.
- Release your finger, mouse, or pen and the app you were holding will occupy the left half of the screen.
- On the other side of the screen, you will see the task view. From this view, you will see the other applications open at this time. Click or tap one of the apps and it will fill the right half of the screen.
Split the screen several times in Surface Pro
You can split the screen more than twice with Surface Pro. You can split it into quadrants, or maybe have two apps on the left side and one app on the right side of the screen. Here’s how to split the screen even further.
Drag an application with your finger, pencil, or mouse cursor from the title bar to the upper-right corner of the screen. The application will fit in a quadrant of the screen. You can repeat step 1 of the previous section four times until you have completed all four quadrants. They are four applications running at the same time, divided into four perfectly equal windows.
Split the screen into tablet mode
Splitting screens in tablet mode is slightly different, and that’s how you can do it.
Switch your Surface Pro to Tile mode (click at the bottom right of the screen to access the Activity Center and click Tile mode). Swipe from the left edge of the screen to display the task view.
In the task pane, grab the app you want to split the screen with and drag to the right side of the screen. This will automatically split the screen in half, with this app in the right half.
On the left side of the screen, you will still see the task view that shows you the applications that are still running. If you tap any of the apps, it will complete the left half of the screen.
Tablet mode splits the screen right in the middle of the screen. You can tap this line and drag it left or right to expand one application and shrink the other.
When you move one application all the way to the left or right, it will disappear and the other application will take up the entire screen.
Additional tips for split screen
At any time, you can drag an app’s title bar to the top of the screen and it will expand the app across the screen.
There is an abbreviated keyboard method for splitting the screen in Windows 10. You must press the Windows key and the left or right arrow keys. This will adjust the application you currently have open on the screen in the left or right half of the screen.
This shortcut is very useful for multiple monitor configurations connected to your Surface Pro via the Surface docking station.
Divide the surface
Splitting the screen into Surface Pro is a lot easier now, right? These steps and shortcuts also apply to other devices running Windows 10. Splitting the screen is really very intuitive and easy, but there is no pointer in Windows that shows you the way.
How do you do multiple tasks? Do you split the screen or do you use the old Alt + Tab shortcut? Share your thoughts and experiences with us in the comments.