Ar­range apps in Split View

Dis­cover El Cap­i­tan’s way to boost your pro­duc­tiv­ity when us­ing two apps

Mac Format - - IMPROVE - Gra­ham Bar­low

Dis­play two apps in a way that im­proves your pro­duc­tiv­ity with El Cap­i­tan’s new fea­ture

SKILL LEVEL

Any­one can do it

IT WILL TAKE

5 min­utes

YOU’ll NEED

OS X 10.11 Win­dow man­age­ment in OS X has im­proved over the years, but no mat­ter how care­fully you tried to ar­range apps, it can still feel dif­fi­cult to get things where you want them. Sure, Mis­sion Con­trol can be in­voked as a quick way to see ev­ery­thing that you’ve got open at once and to switch apps with ease, and many apps can be switched to full‑screen mode th­ese days to re­duce dis­trac­tion by util­is­ing the whole of your dis­play. Over­all, though, OS X still seems to re­quire you to spend an in­or­di­nate amount of time re­siz­ing and repo­si­tion­ing win­dows to set up your work­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

That’s why Ap­ple has come up with the new Split View op­tion in El Cap­i­tan. It’s ideal when you need to fo­cus on just two apps at once. In fact, it’s so good that it could rev­o­lu­tionise how you use apps, es­pe­cially on small screens like those on the MacBook and MacBook Air, where ev­ery pixel counts.

Sim­i­lar to full-screen mode, Split View puts two apps side-by-side and fills the en­tire screen as if they’re both run­ning full-screen (in fact, what­ever apps you want to use in Split View need to sup­port that mode). This pro­vides more space to the con­tent you’re work­ing on.

You aren‘t stuck with the split that OS X de­ter­mines for you. Be­tween your two apps is a black bar that you can drag left or right to change the amount of space that’s al­lo­cated to each one.

In short, Split View is a really nice way of work­ing. Mas­ter­ing it is all about know­ing where and what to click, so here we re­veal its se­crets to you. Get ready to change the way you use your Mac for­ever!

You can drag and drop con­tent from one app to an­other in Split View mode.

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