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

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

By Tom Lambotte | April 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!

  • April 28, 2020

About the Author

Tom Lambotte is a legal technology expert, author and the CEO of GlobalMac IT. He helps Mac-using lawyers with super simple technology, security and efficiency strategies that work. He’s on a mission to help attorneys using Apple computers reduce their security risk and get more out of their technology. Get his free 33 Stupid Simple Mac Tips and score some quick wins to boost your productivity.