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How to Split Screen on Windows 8 2024?

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The below guide is dedicated to teaching you How to split screens on windows 8 and the guide is specifically designed for windows 8 and 8.1 users. 

Windows are extremely user-friendly Operating systems and they offer a lot of amazing features to enhance user’s productivity and working experience on windows. From Windows XP to Windows 10, the new windows version keeps coming in, and windows updates are always on the desk.

Maybe that’s the reason, people love using Windows as their operating system. In this guide, we will be talking specifically about Windows 8.

Windows 8/8.1 has several amazing features which enhance user experience but one feature which I love the most is the windows 8 split-screen feature.

Windows 8 and the later versions of windows offer a split-screen feature which comes out really handy when you have to multitask. If you have never gone through the term split-screen windows 8probably you do not like to save your time!

In this detailed guide, we will be talking in-depth about how to split-screen Windows 8, along with the advantages of splitting the screen. Also, how the splitting screen can come out handy when it comes to increasing productivity.

How to Split Screen on Windows 8:

It is extremely easy to split-screen in windows 8 and 8.1. It’s just, in the lack of knowledge, people don’t utilize these features and consider splitting screens as a tough-to-do task. Before we head over to the steps, we will discuss a little more about what is screen-splitting and how this feature proves helpful.

If you are in a hurry and don’t want to read about it, you can just skip this part and head over to the steps.

What is Screen-splitting?

Screen splitting means, dividing the desktop screen into two parts so that one can do two different tasks at the same time. For instance, if in the one part of the screen you are watching a movie, the second part of the screen can be used for surfing Facebook.

This feature of windows 8/8.1 comes out really handy when it comes to multitasking and saves a lot of our time and enhances our productivity.

How to split-screen in windows 8/8.1

Now that you know enough about what is splitting the screen and its advantages, it’s time to head over to the steps. Let’s get started.

Step 1. Turn on your windows 8/8.1 computer.

Step 2. As sooner your windows computer is booted, move your cursor on the top of the Desktop.

Step 3. On doing that, the cursor will be changed to the hand icon. See the below screenshot to understand better.
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Step 4. Now when the icon is changed to hand, just click and hold the click.

Step 5. Now move the cursor by holding the click, you will realize that the desktop is also moving with your cursor. You can understand better if you look at the below screen.
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Step 6. Now you need to move your cursor to either left or right of the screen and leave the click. This action will make your desktop shift to half of the desktop and the second half of the screen will be emptied.

I’ve managed to grab a screenshot for you, just have a look at it and try to understand the step better.
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Step 7. In the above screen, you can see the screen is split into two parts. The one part is occupied with one program and the second part is left to open another program.

Step 8. Now to use the second part of the screen, just click on the empty blue screen and open any program you would like to. Clicking on the blue empty area will open up the regular apps and settings we have.
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Step 9. Now open any program and you can enjoy multitasking. Like I’ve opened calculator for demonstration.
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Simple right?? This is just one way you can split-screen on windows 8. There is one more way to split screen on windows 8/8.1. steps for the same are given below.

  • First of all, go to the windows 8/8.1 desktop and navigate through it to open any app or page.
  • Once it’s open, just press the Windows key on your keyboard. On doing that, the start screen of the windows will be opened.
  • Now out of all the options, you need to find the app thumbnail which is opened. Now click on this thumbnail and move it to the left edge or the right edge of your Desktop.
  • Now half of the work is done. Afterward, you need to move your cursor to left or right(The side you moved the thumbnail in the above step).
  • Now as you will move your cursor to either side, the app will pop up which you opened in the first step, now just click on this app thumbnail pop-up and drag it down by holding the click.
  • Then, you need to drop the click on the left or right of the desktop.
  • On doing that, you will notice that the screen is divided Into two portions and one of the screens is occupied by the app you opened in the first step.
  • Now just click on the second blank portion and opened any other desired app you wish to.
  • You can also change the size and ratio of the screen partition. Just move the split-screen line to the left or right so as to change the screen size. You can also close the split screen very easily. Just click on the split screen where the app is, and press Alt+F4 to close it. On doing that, the spilled screen will be closed. So, that’s it! These were the two ways to you teach you how to split screen on windows 8 and 8.1. I’m hoping you got all the steps clearly as there were no hard-to-follow steps.

But still, if you have any doubts remaining, you can ask in the comment section below and we are all open to solve your queries. And If the tutorial helped you feel free to share it on your social mediums, we will really appreciate it.

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