If you want to be productive in Windows 11, you must try the new split-screen options, aka Snap layouts. It allows you to snap the screen into two halves so that you can work in two windows side by side. Now, Windows 11 takes the standard split-screen functionality one step further and offers various snap layouts for you to choose from. So in this article, we have detailed how to split screen in Windows 11 with the new snap layouts, shortcut keys, and other nifty methods. So without any delay, let’s learn how to snap windows in Windows 11.
Split Screen on Windows 11 (2022)
Here, we have added three ways to split the screen in Windows 11. You can snap a window with keyboard shortcuts, through gestures, and by selecting predefined layouts. Expand the table below and move to your preferred method.
Split Screen in Windows 11 with Snap Layout
1. First, press the Windows 11 keyboard shortcut “Windows + I” to open Windows Settings. Here, open “Multitasking” under “System”.
2. Next, make sure the “Snap Windows” toggle is turned on. This will allow you to access Snap layout (earlier called Snap Assist) which is a new feature on Windows 11 to split the screen.
3. Now, hover over the window’s maximize button, and the Snap layout will appear. Click the left column, and the window will snap to the left.
4. On the right side, you can choose another window. You can also drag the positioning slider to the left or right to adjust the window size.
5. You can also choose other Snap layouts to split the screen into 3 parts and horizontally.
6. And if you want to snap the windows into four corners, click on the title bar and drag it to your preferred corner. For example – if you drag it to the top-left corner, it will snap in that particular corner. You can now choose where to snap other windows.
Split Screen in Windows 11 with Keyboard Shortcuts
1. If you want to quickly split the screen in Windows 11, you should use keyboard shortcuts. Press “Windows + Z” on an active window, and the Snap layout will appear. Now, you can choose your preferred layout.
2. Moreover, if you are running Windows 11 Insider Preview Dev build 22593 or higher, the “Win + Z” keyboard shortcut will now show numbers associated with each snap layout. You can then press the corresponding numbers on your keyboard to snap the screen to the desired position on your Windows 11 PC. Here’s a quick demo video of the feature:
3. Apart from that, you can simply press the “Windows + left arrow key” to snap the window to the left in Windows 11. Similarly, you can press the “Windows + right key” to snap the window to the right half of the display.
And if you are wondering how to snap a window to, let’s say the top left corner, you simply need to press the Windows key + left arrow and then press the up arrow. Your window will now cover a quarter of the screen. Handy, right?
Split Screen in Windows 11 with Snap Bar (For Insiders)
If you are on a recent Windows 11 Insider Dev build, you can just drag the window to the top-center of the screen to see the newly added Snap bar.
Once the Snap bar UI shows up, you can drag the window to your preferred layout, and there you have it! This can come in handy for users who have a touchscreen Windows 11 device. It is one of the many upcoming features of Windows 11 and will reach all stable users with the next major 22H2 update. Here’s how it works:
Windows 11 Split Screen: FAQ
How to Split Screen in Windows 11?
Simply press “Windows + left arrow key” to snap the window to the left half and “Windows + right arrow key” to snap the window to the screen’s right. You can also press “Windows + Z” to open Snap layouts, and from there, you can choose your desired split-screen mode.
What is Snap Layout in Windows 11?
Snap Layout in Windows 11 (earlier known as Snap Assist in Windows 10) allows the users to snap the screen into many pre-defined areas. It’s essentially a superior way to perform window management. You can split the screen into two, three, or four halves. There is also an option to split the screen into four corners.
Snap Layout is not working in Windows 11?
If Snap layout is not working in Windows 11, it means the feature is disabled on your PC. Open Settings using “Windows + I” and move to System -> Multitasking. Here, enable the “Snap windows” toggle.
Snap Windows to the Left or Right on Windows 11
So that’s how you can split screen in Windows 11. And well, Microsoft has made the task simpler than before with the addition of the Snap Layouts. In Windows 11, not only can you snap the screen into two halves, but you can also snap them into three parts horizontally as well. Anyway, that’s pretty much it for this guide. If you wish to learn how to batch rename files in Windows 11, follow our linked tutorial. And to elevate the permission on all programs, you can learn how to always run apps as an administrator on Windows 11. Finally, if you have any questions, let us know in the comments section below.