If you want to be productive in Windows 11, you should try out the new split screen options, also known as Snap layouts. It lets you break the screen into two halves so you can work in two windows side by side. Now, Windows 11 takes the standard split-screen functionality even further and offers different snapping layouts to choose from. So, in this article, we have detailed how to split screen in Windows 11 with new snapping layouts, hotkeys and other nifty ways. So without further ado, let’s learn how to break windows in Windows 11.
Split screen on Windows 11 (2022)
Here we have added three ways to split screen in Windows 11. You can capture a window with hotkeys, by gestures and by selecting preset layouts. Expand the table below and move on to your preferred method.
Split Screen in Windows 11 with Instant Layout
1. First, press the Windows 11 keyboard shortcut “Windows + I” to open Windows Settings. Here, open”Multitaskingunder “System”.
2. Next, make sure the “Pop-up windows” is activated. This will allow you to access the Snap layout (formerly known as Snap Assist) which is a new feature in Windows 11 for split screen.
3. Now, hover over the maximize window button, and the Snap layout will appear. Click on the left column and the window will align to the left.
4. On the right side, you can choose another window. You can also drag the positioning slider left or right to adjust the window size.
5. You can also choose other Snap layouts for divide the screen into 3 parts and horizontally.
6. And if you want to snap the windows in 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 to that particular corner. You can now choose where to align the other windows.
Split screen in Windows 11 with keyboard shortcuts
1. If you want to quickly split screen in Windows 11, you need to use hotkeys. Hurry “Windows+Z” on an active window, and the Snap layout will appear. Now you can choose your favorite layout.
2. Additionally, if you are running Windows 11 Insider Preview Dev build 22593 or higher, the keyboard shortcut “Win + Z” now shows numbers associated with each snap-in layout. You can then press the corresponding numbers on your keyboard to align the screen to the desired position on your Windows 11 PC. Here’s a quick video demo of the feature:
3. Other than that, you can simply press the “Windows + left arrow” key to align the window to the left in Windows 11. Similarly, you can press “Windows + Right” key to align the window to the right half of the screen.
And if you’re wondering how to snap a window, say, to the top left corner, just press Windows key + left arrow, then press up arrow. Your window will now cover a quarter of the screen. Practical, right?
Split Screen in Windows 11 with Snap Bar (For Insiders)
If you are on a recent Windows 11 Insider Dev build, you can simply swipe the window at the top center of the screen to see the newly added snap bar.
Once the Snap Bar UI appears, you can drag the window to your preferred layout, and voila! This can be useful for users who have a touchscreen Windows 11 device. This is one of many features coming to Windows 11 and will reach all stable users with the next major 22H2 update. This is how it works:
Windows 11 Split Screen: FAQ
How to Split Screen in Windows 11?
Simply press “Windows + left arrow” to align the window to the left half and “Windows + right arrow” to align the window to the right of the screen. You can also press “Windows + Z” to open Snap layouts, and from there you can choose the split-screen mode you want.
What is Snap Layout in Windows 11?
Snap Layout in Windows 11 (formerly known as Snap Assist in Windows 10) allows users to take photos the screen in many predefined areas. It’s essentially a superior way to do 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 not working on Windows 11?
If Snap layout not working in Windows 11, that means the feature is disabled on your PC. Open Settings using “Windows + I” and go to System -> Multitasking. Here, enable the “Pop-up windows” toggle.
Hang Windows Left or Right on Windows 11
This is how you can split screen in Windows 11. Well, Microsoft has made it easier than before with the addition of Snap Layouts. In Windows 11, not only can you break the screen into two halves, but you can also break them into three parts horizontally. Anyway, that’s about it for this guide. If you want to learn how to batch rename files in Windows 11, follow our linked tutorial. And to elevate permission on all programs, you can learn how to always run apps as administrator on Windows 11. Finally, if you have any questions, let us know in the comments section below.