Al­lo­cated space

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2 OS X au­to­mat­i­cally works out what the best amount of space is for the apps you com­bine in Split View. When you com­bine Mail and Re­minders, only a nar­row strip is al­lo­cated to the lat­ter app. Just as OS X recog­nises that Re­minders only needs a small amount of space, it knows the min­i­mum re­quired width of each app. So, iBooks and Pages can’t be put side by side on a 15-inch MacBook Pro, yet they can be com­bined on an ex­ter­nal, higher res­o­lu­tion dis­play.

On a MacBook with a Retina dis­play, you can some­times over­come this lim­i­ta­tion. In Sys­tem Pref­er­ences > Dis­plays > Dis­play, click Scaled and choose an op­tion fur­ther to­wards the ‘More Space’ end of the range – this causes ev­ery­thing to be ren­dered smaller on the screen, yet some apps pro­vide a zoom con­trol, so you can keep what you’re work­ing on com­fort­ably large. If you use this tech­nique of­ten, con­sider buy­ing EasyRes (£5.99, Mac App Store), which en­ables you to quickly switch res­o­lu­tions from the menu bar.

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