How To Split Screen On A Chromebook Laptop?

Chromebook is different from other laptops but is more functional and a reliable workstation than other laptops. Chromebooks have a decent screen size so you can use the split-screen feature in them. The split-screen feature is the process when you use multiple windows on the same screen and it can be done easily on a Chromebook. In this article, we are going to discuss how to use the split-screen option to open multiple screens on a Chromebook.

Methods to split screen on Chromebook?

There are 4 different methods to use split-screen on your Chromebook:

  1. By using the drag and drop method
  2. By using shortcut keys
  3. By overview mode
  4. By using Dualless extension

1: Split screen by drag and drop of windows

This is the quickest method to operate a split-screen on your Chromebook. Here are some simple steps to use drag and drop:

Step 1: Open the first app you want to use, click the restore down button:

Step 2: Now drag the window on any side of your screen:

Step 3: Open the second application you want to use and do the same with it as with the first one:

Note: you can easily exit the split-screen by clicking the maximize button:

2: Split screen using keyboard shortcut keys

Chromebook has more shortcut keys than other laptops, it has a shortcut key for almost every function. To enable split-screen by using shortcut keys, follow these steps:

Step 1: Open 2 applications you want to use in the split-screen function.

Step 2: Press Alt +[, and one app will open up on the left side of the screen.

Step 3: Now open the second app and press Alt + ], it will be opened on the right side of the screen.

Note: If you want to open an app on the right side of the screen, simply press Alt + ] and if you want to open the app on the left side of the screen press Alt + [

3: Split screen through overview mode

The F5 key shows two rectangle shapes and a line to its right, by pressing this key overview mode will turn on your Chromebook. To set up the apps in a multi-window for use, simply follow these steps:

Step 1: Open the applications you want to use in split-screen.

Step 2: Press the F5 key to launch the overview screen.

Step 3: Drag the app in the overview mode and a “Drag here to use split-screen” option will pop up:

Step 4: Drag one application on one side of the screen and the second one on the other end of the screen to use in a split-screen mode.

4: Split screen using Dualless extension

This extension is present on the right side of the URL bar, it helps you to open multiple tabs on the split-screen. If you have multiple tabs open then follow these simple steps:

Step 1: Add a dualless extension on your Chrome browser and click the tab you want to use on the split-screen on the right side:

Step 2: Click the dualless extension to select the window size according to your choice, a window will be automatically sized on the side after that:


Split-screen is a very useful function while multi-tasking and Chromebook do support this option. To use the split-screen function on your Chromebook, simply minimize the application’s window display size and the drag on the screen. Split-screen can also make your work easy as it will help you to switch between two applications fast. Follow the above-mentioned methods to use multiple apps in a split-screen function on your Chromebooks.

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