If you have a high resolution LCD or LED monitor at home and you don’t use any kind of split screen application, then you are wasting big time on your screen real estate! The best thing about having a high-resolution display is that you can view multiple windows at once, instead of just one active program at a time.
Of course, you can always switch between programs using ALT + TAB or just clicking a program on the taskbar, but there are times when you need to be able to watch multiple programs at once.
Microsoft’s latest operating system, Windows 10, not only has built-in support for multiple desktops, but it also adds some cool features for Snap Features were included starting in Windows 7.
In this article, I will write about the new features in Windows 10 and also about some freeware programs that also let you split your screen in different ways. If you are new, read my previous post on how to use Snap feature in Windows 7 and Windows 8.
New Windows 10 Snap Features
First, let’s talk about Windows 10 as it has some really cool new features for working with multiple windows on the same screen. As you know, you can simply drag a window to the left or far right of the screen and Windows will automatically resize it to fill half of the screen.
The same is true for Windows 10, but now there’s a new Snap Assist feature that also shows you sub-windows on the opposite side as thumbnails and lets you click on them to fill the other side of the window. screen. In Windows 7 & 8, you also have to manually close the second window into place.
As you can see above, when I drag and drop Excel on the right side of the screen, other open windows automatically show up on the left side. Clicking on any window will expand it to fill the entire left part of the screen.
Another new option is the 2×2 grid. If you select a window and drag it to any corner of the screen, the window fills that particular corner or 1/4 of the screen. You can fill each corner with a desktop app or a popular Windows app. In Windows 10, all apps work like desktop apps, so they can be installed just about anywhere.
As you can see above, I have two apps captured on the right side and one on the left side. It’s worth noting that the previous build of Windows 10 also supported portrait capture, which meant the app would end up in the bottom half of the screen and go horizontally horizontally, but that seems to have been removed. in the final build.
With Windows 10’s new snap options and virtual desktop manager, most people won’t need to download third-party apps to manage their windows.
Free software application
There are also two freeware applications that you can use to split or split your screen into sections and thus work more efficiently. Earlier, I wrote about a program called SplitView, which allows you to split your screen in half, but it costs $39! Why pay when you can get something better for free?
WinSplit . Revolution is a very small utility that organizes all your open windows by tilting, resizing and positioning them so that they make efficient use of all the space on your screen.
Using WinSplit Revolution you can quickly split your screen into two halves, thirds, quarters, etc. You can resize any window and move it to the left half of the screen, top, bottom, corner, etc
Then, using the virtual numeric keypad or predefined hotkeys, you can quickly switch a window to full screen or switch to another window.
The program is nicely implemented and has a number of useful features:
- Automatically handle window resizing, moving, closing, etc.
- Quick access via global hotkeys and virtual numpad
- Auto-start and update
- Drag and drop windows into different sections
- Merge between two windows (splits two programs vertically and allows you to use the center bar to adjust the size)
- Mosaic mode – Splits the screen into nine equal parts and will place a window in each. If you have less than nine windows open, it will adjust the size of the mosaic to make the windows larger.
GridVista is the second program that allows you to split or split your Windows desktop into several parts. I mentioned WinSplit first because it seems to have more features than GridVista.
You can again use it to split the screen in half, third, etc. just like WinSplit, but it doesn’t have a virtual keyboard. Just drag a window onto any section and it will maximize to the full size of that section.
Then you can enlarge any part to full screen by clicking with mouse or with hotkey. So if you have a big screen over 20″, then you should definitely watch one of these two shows.
Overall, both programs work well in Windows XP, Vista, and 7, so you can try using both and see which works better for you. The only downside of these freeware applications is that they are old and not developed anymore. For example, MaxTo has really replaced WinSplit, but I don’t think it’s worth the money. Freeware applications work, but are not useful on new operating systems like Windows 8 and 10. Enjoy!