Quick Tip: Managing Windows

Here are some tips to help manage your online work by seperating tabs and dividing your screen. This can be helpful when you are needing to view something and work on something else at the same time (like a Zoom meeting and an assignment). Across the different platforms we have available to us, the process is similar for each device. Read the instructions for each of the devices below and watch the video for a walkthrough of the process.

Windows/Chromebook

Keyboard Shortcuts

  • Open a new Tab – Ctrl – T
  • Reopen an accidentally closed Tab – Ctrl – Shift – T

To Split your Screen

  1. Press the left mouse button and “grab” the window.
  2. Keep the mouse button depressed and drag the window all the way over to the RIGHT of your screen. It will automatically resize to take up the RIGHT half of your screen.
  3. Now you should be able to see the other open window, behind the half window that’s to the right.
  4. Take your cursor to the center (or so) of the topmost part of that open window.
  5. Depress the left mouse button to “grab” that window.
  6. Keep the mouse button depressed and drag the window all the way over to the LEFT of your screen. It will automatically resize to take up the LEFT half of your screen.

Mac

Keyboard Shortcuts

  • Open a new Tab – Command – T
  • Reopen an accidentally closed Tab – Command – Shift – T

To Split your Screen

  1. Click and hold on the full-screen button   in the top left corner of an app
  2. When you see half of your screen turn blue drag your window to the left or right side and let go of the app
  3. Pick your second window that you’d like to fill out the other half of your screen, click on it
  4. To exit Split View mode, press the esc key (or button on Touch Bar) or move your mouse to the top of your screen and click the full-screen button 
  5. You’ll notice then second app that was used in Split View will still be in full-screen mode, also follow the same steps to return that window to its previous size

To make this even easier, I highly recommend a $2.99 app in the Mac App Store called Magnet. It allows your Mac to work similarly to a Windows or Chromebook machine where you just drag the window to the sides to split the screen.

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