How to Split Screen on Windows 10 with Keyboard Shortcut and Snap Assist

“Windows” always offers a multitasking environment for its users. So you can run several applications simultaneously and quickly switch between them.

For example, you may open a web browser to browse the internet, Microsoft Word to type a document, Microsoft Outlook to manage your emails and even a game to play at once. To switch among these windows, you can use traditional methods like Alt+Tab or resizing the windows. But there is a better option than them. It is splitting with Snap Assist.

Microsoft has made its snapping mechanism more effective in Windows 10. With the latest version of Windows 10, you can split your PC’s screen into several windows. Moreover, this splitting feature supports higher-resolution displays as well as multiple monitors.

Note: This guide is only for the full version of Windows 10 not for Windows 10X that is designed for dual-screen devices such as Surface Duo. Because there is no need to manually split screen in such devices, they are natively designed for achieving that purpose.

How to Split Screen on Windows 10 Using Snap Assist?

Note: Without using Snap Assist, you can simply right-click the taskbar and click on Show windows side by side. Then all the windows that are currently opened will be properly resized to fit on your screen.

How to Split Screen on Windows 10 - show windows side by side

To enable Snap Assist

  1. go to Start->Settings->System->Multitasking
  2. Switch on the Snap Windows toggle button.

How to Split Screen on Windows 10 - snap windows

Follow the below steps to split the screen with Snap Assist.

How to Snap Two Windows?

  1. Open several applications on your PC.
  2. Move your cursor to the title bar of one of the applications.
  3. Drag that window to the left corner of your screen by pressing and holding the left mouse button until the mouse will not move anymore.
  4. Leave the mouse. Now it will be snapped into the left side of your screen, occupying half of the screen.

Windows 10 split-screen keyboard shortcut: To snap windows, you can also press Windows + left arrow and Windows + right arrow.

split screen on windows 10 keyboard shortcut

  1. Now, you will see other windows on the right side of the screen. Click on any of them and that window will be instantly snapped into the right side of your screen.
  2. If you want to resize both windows at once, then just drag the boundary line that separates both windows. This is useful if you want to see more of one window than the other.


How to Snap More Than Two Windows?

Thanks to the feature called Corner Snap, you can snap a maximum of four windows.

  1. Open several applications on your PC.
  2. Move your cursor to the title bar of one of the applications.
  3. Drag and drop that window into the upper left corner of the screen.
  4. Follow the second and third steps for the second window. Here, drag the window to the lower-left corner of the screen.
  5. Now the Corner Snap is automatically activated.
  6. Drag and drop the third window into the upper right corner of the screen.
  7. Then, click on the fourth window to snap it into the lower right corner of the screen.

Note: If you want to unsnap any window at any time, then drag it away from the corner.


Though there are traditional methods to split the screen, splitting with Snap Assist is the easiest method to achieve your goal. If you are not satisfied with the Windows built-in snapping features, then you can also use third-party free software like WindowsGrid and AltDrag or third-party paid software like Divvy and AquaSnap.

Read Also: How to Install Windows 10 on Mac Without Bootcamp

Do you know any other better method to do this? Then feel free to mention them in the comment section.

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