How to Split Screen on Mac

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Mac Split Screen View

Don’t you hate moving and resizing your windows so that you can see everything you’re working on? Resizing windows is soooo 2010.

El Capitan (version 10.11 of Mac OS X) introduced a new feature called Split View, which allows you to quickly arrange 2 apps side by side without the need to manually resize your windows.

If you have El Capitan, you can give it a try. Here are the instructions from Apple.com:

Enter split view:
1. Hold down the full screen button (green button) in the upper left corner of a window
2. As you hold the button, the window shrinks and you can drag it to the left or right side of the screen.
3. Release the button, then click another window to begin using both windows side by side.



This is great, but I found an even better way to gain this functionality on a Mac. It’s through an app called Magnet.

Why Magnet?

Apple’s split view only gives two options – side by side or full screen. Magnet lets you quickly snap your windows into your choice of 8 different positions, plus centered or minimized.

Apple’s split view takes several clicks to get the windows arranged the way you want them. To snap a window into position with Magnet, you just pick it up and drag it to the top, bottom, side, or corner of your screen and the window will snap into place.

You can even use keyboard shortcuts with Magnet! Hold down the option and control keys along with one of your arrow keys to quickly snap a window to half screen at the top, bottom, right or left side of the screen. Hold down the option and control keys with U, I, J or K to snap to the top, right, bottom or left quarters.

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If keyboard shortcuts aren’t your thing, you can make a shortcut to Magnet live in your menu bar. Just go up there and choose which position to snap your windows.

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Don’t have El Capitan? Never fear, Magnet works on your Mac if you have 10.8 or later.

Give it a try today: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/magnet/id441258766?mt=12&at=10lSkY

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