Split View mul­ti­task­ing

El Cap­i­tan makes full-screen mode more ef­fec­tive to as­sist your pro­duc­tiv­ity

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Split View en­hances full-screen apps by en­abling you to dis­play two apps side by side. Full-screen mode has al­ways made sense on de­vices with small screens, like iPads and the MacBook Air, but its use­ful­ness was less con­vinc­ing on an iMac or other large dis­play. Split View is de­signed to make it more prac­ti­cal on them as well, and it makes it much eas­ier to work with two apps on any screen size.

Like full-screen mode for a sin­gle app, Split View hides the Dock and the menu bar, so you make use of all avail­able space and re­move many dis­trac­tions. Rather than us­ing a ges­ture to move back and forth be­tween two fullscreen apps, Split View im­proves pro­duc­tiv­ity; you might put a text editor on the left and Sa­fari on the right when re­search­ing a sub­ject. There are mult­ple ways to en­able Split View.

17> Click and hold the green but­ton at the topleft of any win­dow that can be switched to full- screen mode. You’ll no­tice half of the screen dis­plays a blue over­lay (which de­pends on which side of the screen the pointer is on). Move the pointer to the side on which you want that app to ap­pear, then let go. Other win­dows that are ca­pa­ble of switch­ing to full screen then ap­pear in Mis­sion Con­trol fash­ion on the other side of the screen. Click one of them to set it as the other half of that Split View workspace.

18> If you al­ready have one app in fullscreen mode, sim­ply open Mis­sion Con­trol and drag a win­dow from the cen­tre over the Spa­ces bar at the top of the screen; when it ex­pands to show pre­views of your spa­ces, drop the win­dow onto an app that’s al­ready in full-screen mode to com­bine the two in Split View mode. See the page op­po­site for ad­di­tional de­tails of how Mis­sion Con­trol works in El Cap­i­tan.

19> To take one app out of Split View, move the pointer to the top of the screen to re­veal the menu bar and both apps’ ti­tle bars, then click the green but­ton at the top-left of the ti­tle bar of the app you want to make a win­dow again. The other app re­mains in full-screen mode.

You can ad­just the space ded­i­cated to each app by plac­ing the pointer over the di­vid­ing line be­tween them, so the cur­sor changes to show either a sin­gle-headed or a dou­ble-headed ar­row. Drag this left and right to ad­just the space al­lo­ca­tion 20> OS X au­to­mat­i­cally as­signs what it thinks is a sen­si­ble split of the screen based on the apps you’ve com­bined. Whether you’ve ad­justed the split your­self or you dis­like OS X’s as­sump­tion, dou­ble-click­ing the di­vider snaps to an even 50% split.

Ir­re­spec­tive of the apps you com­bine and the width of your dis­play, Split View can dis­play no more than two apps to­gether.

The one sour note for Split View is that it re­quires apps to sup­port full-screen mode. Older ver­sions of Adobe apps and Mi­crosoft soft­ware doesn’t sup­port it.

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