33 responses

  1. MarekP
    October 1, 2015

    I may be missing something, but I’m struggling to fully grasp, what is so revolutionizing in this split-screen mode ?
    Is it just easiness to place to windows side-by-side ?

    • jshell
      October 1, 2015

      yep.. pretty much it…

      Still I don’t use full screen mode all that much. For me, it would’ve been nicer if they did like what’s in Windows 7.

      • jlam
        October 2, 2015

        I fully agree with your sentiment. Why in the world do we not yet have the built in ability within OS X to quickly move/manage windows with a simple press of the command button and related arrow key by now? Windows has had this for some time and it works fantastically for most needs, without some clumsy prolonged process that is not very smoothly done. With the simple pressing of 2 buttons you should be able to move a window on the desktop. Don’t understand why this has not been done years ago…?

      • Keff
        October 4, 2015

        Tried Split View, didn’t like it, turned my Window Tidy app back on. Works like a charm.

      • Phil
        October 4, 2015

        Tried Split View, liked it.

      • Anon
        November 12, 2015

        Still using and preferring Moom for OSX by many tricks.


    • Brett Sheppard
      September 26, 2017

      does anyone know of the ability to display 4 screens on one large tv.. windows has a program called display fusion which makes this easy… please help

  2. Wharf Xanadu
    October 1, 2015

    Good feature thanks for explaining

  3. JeffM
    October 1, 2015

    I use Magnet from the App Store. I think it’s 5 bucks. Allows quadrant snapping too.

  4. NickO
    October 1, 2015

    Still cannot get it to work for me (early 2011 13″ MBP). Neither approach works.

    • BenL
      October 1, 2015

      Try Spectacle. It’s free, and does much more. https://www.spectacleapp.com

    • Phil
      October 1, 2015

      I also had some problems at first, especially with Mail. No matter for how long I clicked the green button, nothing happened. Restarting Mail resolved it.

  5. Edward Stern
    October 1, 2015

    I must be missing something I can’t get this to work in any Apple Program in OS 10.11 Nothing happens when I click and hold on the green dot in any window. All i get is full screen view for that window.

    • Pierre Merineau
      October 1, 2015

      Go to “system Preferences” then “Mission Control”
      Make sure to check “Displays have separate Spaces”
      Your done :-)

      • NickO
        October 1, 2015

        Thank you–that worked perfectly.

      • Eric
        October 2, 2015

        Even after enabling the feature and log out log in… won’t work am I missing something ?

  6. Seb
    October 2, 2015

    This is a very welcome feature but the fact that you have to go and click on the small green blob makes it unfriendly.

    I’m sorry Capitan, but i’m keeping BetterTouchTool. And I recommend it to everyone also

  7. Jeff Sancricca
    October 3, 2015

    I can get one window to split, but I get an “unavailable to split” message on more than one app I’ve tried. These apps have full screen capability.

  8. ESC problem!
    October 7, 2015

    Is that possible to deactivate the Esc option to quit Split mode? At text, ou cells, I just want to escape cursor, or something that is not to quit split mode, but bye bye split mode! =/

    • Murphy
      October 13, 2015

      I’v been trying to find this too. It drives me nuts. The esc key is useful and now it’s not because of this.

  9. jstn
    October 15, 2015
  10. Maxbo
    October 16, 2015

    This doesn’t work. When I enter Split View mode (two documents in Pages), i cannot get out of it. The Escape button doesn’t work. I have Dock placed on the left side and when I go there with cursor – nothing. Well, every 10th time the Dock shows. I have to click on some app (Safari) to leave Split View. Terrible!

    • Drayl
      October 16, 2015

      Send your cursor to the top of the screen and click the escape full screen button to escape. Or try Command+Control+F

  11. Judi
    October 19, 2015

    Hitting the escape button doesn’t take me out of split screen. I have to double tap my mouse to send the apps to the desktop background. Then I hover my curser over those ‘joined’ apps and a little white button with two arrows pointing in at each other appears. I click on that and I resume normal single view. A bit cumbersome, me thinks, but maybe I’ll get used to it :shrug: .

    Just read Drayl’s response to Maxbo (16th October). What “escape full screen button”? I’ll give Command+Control+F a go, but that’s just as cumbersome if not more so. Why can’t resuming single view just be the simple click of one button?

    • DavidH
      January 7, 2016

      if you just throw your cursor to the top of the screen then let go of the touch on the mousepad, it should also work to reveal the minimize icon and can escape split screen that way also. I just tried it and success.

  12. Texconsin
    December 10, 2015

    I went back to Double Pane when I found I could not scroll between worksheets in an Excel Mac 2016 workbook. It’s also a challenge with Split Screen, keeping the screens on the same desktop, once you take them out of split mode.

  13. DavidH
    January 7, 2016

    Split screen is very handy for people like myself who like to multitask. Just because you have no use for it does not mean it is useless but only useless to you and those alike.

    I did find out that not all items with the correct green icon can be split screen together. for example iTunes and safari cannot on a 13″ macbook pro but it can be split screen on the iMac because the screen real estate is much greater than the 13″ macbook pro.

    I hope I helped those out there that found this weird at first.

  14. Kat
    February 23, 2016

    How many screens/windows can I get on the display at once?

    • aPaul
      February 23, 2016

      Two apps or app screens can be on screen at a time with Split Screen View mode, it’s a true split in half though they can be resized. If you need more than two app windows at a time, just use normal Windowed Mode in OS X

  15. Bridget
    March 1, 2016

    I was excited about this feature and now it tells me Microsoft Word isn’t available in Split Screen Mode. Really? Ugh.

  16. haqe
    May 24, 2016

    Thanks for this info, I’ve been 2 years using macbook and I just know this feature

  17. Thanina
    September 24, 2017

    I was super excited when I finally figured it.

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