How to Use Split-Screen on a Chromebook

Chrome OS supports split-screen viewing (also called side-by-side or multi-tasking mode) and it’s super-easy to use!

Having two Apps run side-by-side on your screen can help boost productivity and save time. It’s even more helpful since Chrome OS doesn’t support virtual desktops (yet). To use split-screen on your Chromebook, just follow these simple steps –

  1. Select the first App you want to have on your screen, click its Maximize/Restore button (see screenshot below) and hold down the mouse button (or trackpad, touchscreen etc). An ‘arrow’ will appear on each side of the Maximize/Restore button. Select the arrow on the left.
  2. The App will be sent to the left side of your screen and resized to fit perfectly.

  3. click to enlarge

  4. Now locate the other App you want to have on your screen, click and hold down its Maximize/Restore button and this time select the arrow on the right.
  5. The two Apps will now share the screen equally.

  6. click to enlarge

  7. You can repeat the above steps with other Apps and assign them one side of the screen or the other.
{ 4 comments… add one }
  • Warren July 1, 2019, 6:51 am

    Thanks this worked perfectly on my Chromebook!

  • Bess July 8, 2019, 5:51 am

    I appreciate your hard work as it works excellent for me.

  • julia johnston September 3, 2019, 11:31 am

    Ill give this a try. Thank you.

  • Kayla September 9, 2019, 12:37 pm

    This worked perfectly! Thank you so much for this, I really thought I would’ve been screwed and not have this option. Life saver!

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