Mas­ter split view on iPad

Nick Peers shows how you can view two web pages side by side in Sa­fari on iOS 10.

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In iOS 10, Ap­ple ex­tended the Split View fea­ture for work­ing in two apps side by side, so that you can view two web pages next to each other in Sa­fari. You can quickly split the screen in two from scratch or open a link or move an ex­ist­ing tab to the right half of the screen. If you’ve con­nected your iPad to a Blue­tooth key­board, you can quickly cre­ate a new Split View pane us­ing ‘Com­mand-N’.

Split View only works with your de­vice in land­scape mode, how­ever, and you can’t re­size the panes. With a sec­ond pane open, you can tap Pri­vate to set it to pri­vate brows­ing mode with­out af­fect­ing the other one. Once in Split View, each pane be­haves largely as nor­mal — you can open mul­ti­ple tabs in each one, though you may need to use the for­ward/ back but­tons to nav­i­gate your brows­ing his­tory.

You can eas­ily move tabs be­tween panes — just drag one across to the other side of the screen. (Note: if one pane is in pri­vate brows­ing mode and the other isn’t, this won’t work.) To open a link in the op­po­site pane, hold a fin­ger on a link and choose ‘Open on Other Side’ from the pop-up menu.

Fi­nally, should you want to re­vert to a sin­gle pane, you have two choices: the first is to com­bine all the tabs from both panes in one. To do this, hold the ‘Show All Tabs’ but­ton — there’s one at the end of the tool­bar in each pane — and choose ‘Merge All Tabs’ from the pop-up menu that ap­pears. Ev­ery tab you had open will re­main, and a sin­gle page will again fill the screen’s width.

If you want to close Split View with­out re­tain­ing the tabs from one of its panes, you can close all the tabs in the un­wanted pane at once. Again, hold a fin­ger on the ‘Show All Tabs’ icon and choose ‘Close <num­ber> Tabs.’

Hav­ing two web­sites open at once is great for com­par­ing prod­ucts, prices, opin­ions and much more.

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