Split a widescreen mon­i­tor

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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

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