Split a widescreen monitor
Q Looking back over the past year of Web User, I’ve noticed that monitors have been getting bigger, both in size and in the number of pixels. When I first used a computer at work, we made do with one monitor each. Later, companies that could afford it equipped us with two, and now some firms, especially in the city, use four large screens.
With suitable software, just one of these new wide-screen monitors can be split electronically into two areas, each working independently, which would be fine for home use. I found a few options and would appreciate your opinion.
Barry Singleton, via email A Of the three programs you mention in your email, Aquasnap ( www.nurgo-software.com) offers a free version that you should try. Maxto ( maxto.net) looks similar but isn’t free, and Splitview ( www. splitview.com) looks useful but costs $39 (around £29). However, many of the features offered by these tools are built into Windows 10, so you may already have everything you need. They basically help you arrange windows on large monitors so they don’t overlap. Open Windows Settings (Windows+i) and go to System, Multitasking. Turn on all the switches on the right under Snap.
If you now drag a window to the left or right edge of the screen, it snaps to fill exactly half the screen. This lets you split the monitor down the middle with an application on either side. If you drag a window into the corner, it fills a quarter of the screen, so you can show four windows with no overlapping.
You can use different combinations, so you can drag a window to one side and two into the opposite corners to split the screen three ways. Hold down the Windows key and press the arrow keys to cycle between different layouts. The tools you listed are just slightly more sophisticated versions of this.
Windows 10 Snap feature docks windows to the sides and corners of your screen