New to Mac? How to use Split View on a MacBook

Split View Mac Email Calendar

If you own an iPad, then you know all about Split View. This handy multitasking feature lets you put two apps side-by-side on the same screen. For new Mac users, this feature is also available on macOS. It’s super easy to invoke and exit and makes working on your Mac more efficient.

Here’s how to use Split View, or split screen, on your MacBook.

Enter Split View on your Mac

You have two easy ways to enter Split View on your Mac; using the app’s full-screen button or using Mission Control.

Use the app full-screen button to enter Split View

1) Click and hold the green, full-screen button on the top left of the app window.

2) While still holding, slide the app to the shaded area of the screen and release.

Split Screen Mac Shaded Area

3) The other area of your screen should display your other open apps. Click to select the app you want in Split View with the first.

Split View Mac Pick App

And there you go! You’re ready to work in Split View on your Mac. And if you like, you can drag the line between the apps left or right to adjust their sizes.

Use Mission Control to enter Split View

If you already have an app in full-screen mode, you can still place another one next to it with Mission Control.

1) Leave the app you have in full-screen mode as it is.

2) Swipe upward with three fingers on your trackpad to open Mission Control.

Mac Mission Control Move App

3) You should see your open apps in the center. Take the app you want in Split View with the other, drag it to the top, place it over the top of the first app, and release.

4) You’ll see the second app pop in next to the first in the thumbnail. Click that thumbnail.

Mac Mission Control Thumbnail

That’s it! You should have both apps now open in Split View.

Exit Split View

No matter how you arrive in the Split View screen, you exit it the same way. Pick one of the apps you have open and move your cursor to the top to view the window buttons. Click the green full-screen button.

Exit Split Screen Mac Email Calendar

The other app will remain in full-screen view while the one you just clicked will return to its normal size. You can then switch between them as you normally would.

Wrapping it up

Split View is a convenient feature for a variety of situations. Maybe you’re writing a research paper with Pages and Safari open together or composing an email for an event and have Mail and Calendar open. Whatever the case may be, Split View can be a great time-saver.

Are you going to try out Split View on your MacBook now? If so, let us know how it goes in the comments below or feel free to ping us on Twitter!