We’re used to multitasking with multiple apps on our PCs. However, most of us now spend a significant portion of our time in a single application: the browser, where we switch between tabs. While you can’t take advantage of your desktop’s split-screen features to manage multiple tabs simultaneously, you can easily replicate the experience with third-party extensions.
On most browsers like Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, you can divide the space of a single window to run multiple tabs side by side. You can have anywhere from two tabs equally dividing your screen to four divided into quadrants and even adjust how much space each tab takes up. You can put your social feed at one end, a spreadsheet in the middle, and a search engine at the other to come and go quickly. Regardless of what you want in each of these tabs, you’re sure to know how to use split screen on your browser.
Google Chrome, Brave, Microsoft Edge
Google Chrome and its Chromium engine have limitations that prevent you from launching more than one tab in a split-screen layout on a single window. Third-party add-ons therefore offer a workaround: they will automatically turn your tabs into separate windows and allow you to manage and organize them with the click of a button.
Once you install a popular and free extension called “Resize Tab“, for example, it will let you select a split view layout from its mini app in the top right corner. There you’ll find a handful of grid options.
Suppose you have two tabs in your active window and you want to use them in parallel instead of back and forth, you can simply choose the “1 x 2” option. Tab Resize will convert your tabs into two independent windows and place them side by side consuming half your display each. Alternatively, if you want one on top of the other, you can opt for the “2 x 1” layout. Likewise, you can instantly have four tabs in split-screen mode.
By default, Tab Resize has four layout options, but you are not limited to that. Clicking the plus button will allow you to create a new grid size with up to nine columns and nine rows – dividing your screen into up to 18 browser windows.
Another highlight of this extension is that it lets you create custom hotkeys. So you can set key combinations to launch the split-screen layouts you use the most.
Tab Resize is free and compatible with all Chromium browsers such as Brave, Microsoft Edge, and Google Chrome.
On Mozilla Firefox, you will need a free add-on called “Tile tabs” to perform the split screen. Similar to the Chrome extension we discussed, Tile Tabs works by splitting your tabs and resuming them in their dedicated windows. You can choose from a variety of default grid sizes and layouts to suit your needs and the number of tabs you want to display at once. You can also create your own layouts from scratch, and the tile tabs will not only remember window grids, but also their specific positions on your screen.
After installing Tile Tabs on your computer, all you need to do is right-click on its icon in the top right menu of Firefox and under “New Layout” choose the size grid you wish to launch. If you already have a few tabs open in your browser, tile tabs will move them to windows or otherwise launch blank tabs.
Alternatively, if you are only looking to use two tabs at a time, you can also consider the Mozilla one Side view To add. Although it’s limited to just two tabs, it lets you activate split-screen mode directly in a single window.
As of this writing, Safari’s extension store does not have an app that will bring split-screen functionality to the browser. Your only recourse is to manually move the tabs into new windows and arrange them side by side.
To do this, go to Safari and right-click on the tab you want to launch in a new window. Select “Move tab to new window”.
Of course, on a Mac, you can’t just snap windows to the edges to enable split screen. For this, I suggest installing a third-party multitasking app like Magnet (opens in a new tab)which lets you effortlessly arrange multiple desktop windows in side-by-side layouts.
Switch to a browser with built-in split-screen capabilities
Relying on a third-party extension for a task you do regularly can be clunky. It just won’t have the finesse of a native multitasker. Also, none of the browsers we’ve covered so far allow you to split the screen of multiple tabs in a single window, and launching multiple windows can adversely affect your computer.
A better alternative for people who often consider using split screen in their browser is to switch to a browser that offers it natively. You have several options: Vivaldithe shipping company Bowand SigmaOS.