Split Screen on Chromebooks - Two Tabs One Window

Sometimes having two screens open side by side on a Chromebook is much more efficient then toggling between tabs. There are a few different ways to evenly split your screen into two separate Chrome windows on a Chromebook.

Option 1

  1. On one of the windows you want to see, click and hold Maximize .

  2. Drag to the left or right arrow .

  3. Repeat for a second window.

Tip: You can also use the shortcut Alt + [ to move left, or Alt + ] to move right.

Option 2 (This takes a bit of practice. Easier to do with a mouse over a touchpad.)

  1. Single click and hold the window you want to move. Then use your second finger to drag the window to the left or the right of the screen. You will need to drag off of the viewable screen a bit. 

  2. When you see a grey (translucent) box appear on half the screen unclick and it should fill half of the screen. 

  3. Repeat for the second window.

Option 3

  1. There are also some nice extensions that can be used to split screens. My favorite is Alice Keeler’s “Open Side by Side”. You can find and explore these extensions here

Option 4
  1. Split-screening windows with shortcut keys: Alt + [ pins the current window to the left side of the screen and Alt + ] pins the current window on the right side of the screen, making it far, far easier to reference your notes while you write your history report or write helpful technology articles. Alt + = will make a window full-width again without making it fullscreen, which hides the address bar, tabs, and toolbars.

I also put together this quick video to model split screens on a Chromebook.

This Chromebook help page has additional information about multitasking on a Chromebook.


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