With each major release, Microsoft is adding new features to the Edge browser. The latest addition is the Split Screen or Split Window functionality. Once enabled, it lets you browse two tabs in the same browser window. This article shows you how to enable and use the new split screen feature in Edge.
Generally, if you find an interesting link on a web page, you have to open it in a new browser if you want both to be accessible. That way, you can switch between tabs as needed. However, in certain circumstances, it is useful to have both tabs in the same window. For example, if you are comparing notes or articles, the ability to open two tabs side-by-side in the same window is quite helpful. That is where the new split screen feature in Edge comes into play. If you are wondering, it is very similar to the Span Assist feature in Windows 11.
Once you enable the split screen feature in Edge, you can snap two tabs side-by-side in the same window. In this quick and easy guide, let me show you the steps to enable the split screen feature in the Microsoft Edge browser.
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How to Enable Split Screen in Edge
As of writing this, Split Screen is an experimental feature. However, it has completed the Canary and Dev testing stages and is now available to all users. Being an experimental feature, you must enable it via the Edge Flags/Experiments page. Follow the below steps to enable split screen in Microsoft Edge.
1. Open the Microsoft Edge browser.
First, open the Microsoft Edge browser by clicking on the Edge icon on the Taskbar. Alternatively, you can also search for ‘Microsoft Edge’ in the Start menu and click on the result.
2. Go to the Edge flags/experiments page.
After opening the Edge browser, type the “edge:\\flags” path (without quotes) in the address bar and press the Enter key on your keyboard. This action will take you directly to the split screen option on the Experiments page.
3. Select ‘Enabled’ from the Microsoft Edge Split Screen dropdown menu.
Once you are here, select the Enabled option from the Microsoft Edge Split Screen dropdown menu. This action enables the split screen functionality in your Edge browser.
4. Restart the Microsoft Edge browser.
Finally, click the ‘Relaunch’ button to restart the Edge browser. Or, you can close and re-open the browser. After restarting, you will see the new split window icon on the address bar.
How to use Split Screen in Edge
Once you enabled split screen (split window) functionality in Edge, you can use it like any other Edge feature. Here is how.
1. Activate split screen in Edge.
To start using split screen, press the ‘Split Window’ icon next to the address bar.
As soon as you do that, the current tab is placed to the left, and you are prompted to select another tab for the right pane. Select your preferred tab, and you will immediately see two tabs in the same window.
2. Resize the split screen (split window) in Edge.
To resize the split window, click and hold the divider and drag your mouse horizontally.
3. Close a split window.
If you want to close a split window, click on the ‘X’ icon on the top-right corner of the split window. If you don’t see the icon, make sure the split window you want to close is in focus. If not, click on the split window to focus on it.
How to Disable Split Screen in Edge
Follow the steps below to disable the split screen feature in Edge.
- Open the Edge browser.
- Type ‘edge://settings/appearance’ in the address bar.
- Press Enter on your keyboard.
- Turn off the Split screen button option.
- Restart the Edge browser.
- With that, you’ve disabled the Split Screen feature in Edge.
That is all. It is that simple to enable and use the split screen or split window in the Edge browser.
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