How to Split Screen on a Chromebook (5 Methods)

Chrome OS received its 100th update earlier this year, and Google didn’t miss the chance to release new features for its desktop operating system. Among them, a new Chrome OS launcher and an inbuilt screen recording tool for Chrome OS have been introduced. Fast forward now, and Google has added a new Split Split feature that works similar to Snap Layouts on Windows 11. You can quickly split the screen on your Chromebook and work with two windows side-by-side with just one click. So, in this article, we have explained 5 different ways to split screen on a Chromebook to help you multitask effortlessly.

Split screen on a Chromebook (2022)

In this tutorial, we’ve included five different ways to capture windows and split the screen into different positions. One of them requires you to enable the new Partial Split Chrome flag, as well as the “Always on Top” feature. On that note, let’s get started.

1. Split screen on a Chromebook with the Maximize button

Apart from maximizing and restoring the window size, the Maximize button also has other utilities. You can use it to split your Chromebook screen. Here’s how you can do it.

1. In an active window, click and hold the “Maximize” button in the title bar. An arrow indicator will then appear on the left and right sides of the Maximize button. Just drag to the left side and the window will snap to the left side.

How to Split Screen on a Chromebook (5 Methods)

2. Repeat the same process for another window. Click and hold the “Expand” button and drag it to the right. There you go, you have successfully split your Chromebook screen. Now you can see two windows at the same time.

Split screen on a Chromebook using the Maximize button

2. Split Screen on a Chromebook Using Keyboard Shortcuts

Just like keyboard shortcuts in Windows 11, you can easily split a Chromebook screen using shortcuts. Here’s how it works:

1. When you are on an active window, just press “Shift + [” to snap the window to the left side.

Split Screen on a Chromebook Using Keyboard Shortcuts

2. To snap another window to the right side of your Chromebook screen, click on that window to make it active and press “Shift + ]“. This way, you can quickly split your Chromebook screen.

Split Screen on a Chromebook Using Keyboard Shortcuts

3. To readjust the window size in split-screen mode, hover over it center mouse cursor where the two windows meet. A cursor will appear right there. Now hold and move the cursor to the side where you want the windows to automatically resize.

Split Screen on a Chromebook Using Keyboard Shortcuts

3. Split Screen on a Chromebook Using Touchpad Gestures

Besides keyboard shortcuts, you can use touchpad gestures to split your Chromebook screen. Yes, even Chrome OS supports a handful of intuitive touch gestures, and here’s how they work:

1. If more than one window is open, perform a three finger swipe up on the touchpad to open the preview menu.

Split screen on a Chromebook using touchpad gestures

2. Now, click and hold on one of the windows and drag it left or right, depending on your preference. The window will instantly snap to that position.

Split screen on a Chromebook using touchpad gestures

3. On the other side, click on the window you want, and it will split your Chromebook screen. It’s effortless, right?

Split screen on a Chromebook using touchpad gestures

4. How to Split Screen on a Touchscreen Chromebook

If you’re using a Chrome OS tablet or touchscreen Chromebook in tent or tablet mode, you can split the screen using touch gestures. It works the same way as touchpad gestures, but there are a few extra features. Here’s how to use it.

1. Similar to Android phone gestures, do a one finger swipe up and hold to open the preview menu. Here, press and hold the window of your choice and drag it left or right.

Split screen on a touchscreen Chromebook

2. After that you can press the second window on the other side, and the screen will be split into two windows.

Split screen on a touchscreen Chromebook

3. You can also swipe up from the shelf (Taskbar) to open new apps in split-screen mode on your Chromebook.

Split screen on a touchscreen Chromebook

4. Other than that, you can quickly switch windows to either side. Just do a one finger swipe up on each side and select another window.

Split screen on a touchscreen Chromebook

5. Snap Windows to Chromebook using Windows 11-like Snap layouts

One of the best features of Windows 11 is Snap Layouts, which lets you quickly snap windows to different positions on your screen. Taking inspiration from this, Google also worked on a similar window snapping feature called “Partial Split”. The feature is already live on all Chrome OS channels – Stable, Beta and Dev (Chrome OS 105 or higher). That said, it’s still hidden behind some Chrome flags, so you’ll need to manually enable partial splitting on your Chromebook. Here’s how.

1. Make sure your Chromebook is updated to Chrome OS 105 or higher. After that, open your Chrome browser and paste the address below. Now, activate the feature in the drop-down menu.

chrome://flags/#partial-split
Snap Windows on Chromebooks Similar to Snap Layouts

2. Then paste the address below and also enable this feature. It will activate the “Stay on Top” feature in the Partial Split menu. Now click on “To restart” to apply the changes.

chrome://flags/#cros-labs-float-window
Snap Windows on Chromebooks Similar to Snap Layouts

3. Once logged in, all you need to do is hover the mouse cursor over the “Expand” button, and the Partial Split menu will appear almost instantly. You can split the screen in half, partial or full screen mode on your Chromebook. There is also the “float above” feature which allows you to pin a window above everything.

Snap Windows on Chromebooks Similar to Snap Layouts

4. Here’s how the Partial Split feature works on the Chromebook. Since functionality is always locked up behind a flagwe expect Google to add more split views, keyboard shortcuts, and features ahead of a wider rollout.

Snap Windows on Chromebooks Similar to Snap Layouts

Easy multitasking with multiple windows on Chromebooks

So here are the five methods you can use to manage multiple windows at once on your Chromebook. Partial Split is another great multitasking split-screen feature available on all Chromebooks. We expect the general rollout of the feature to wider users. Meanwhile, you can use hotkeys and touchpad gestures to break your windows. To learn more about these Chromebook tips and tricks, you can head to our in-depth article. And if you’re wondering how to take a screenshot on a Chromebook, we’ve got a guide for that too. Finally, if you have any questions, let us know in the comment section below.