Windows 11 brings a breath of fresh air with a new Start menu, a fresh coat of paint on the default apps, new widgets, improved games, and better multitasking. Especially on the multitasking front, Microsoft has improved the entire experience by leaps and bounds. Windows 11 offers instant windows with a new virtual desktop on the taskbar for superior multitasking on the latest operating system. Here’s how to use multiple windows in Windows 11.
Before you go ahead and use multiple windows in Windows 11, make sure you have enabled the relevant options in the Settings menu.
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Enable Tweak Windows from Windows 11 Settings
By default, the Adjust Windows option is enabled in the Settings menu. If you or the Windows operating system has accidentally disabled it, it’s time to enable it.
Step 1: Open the Settings menu in Windows 11 (use Windows + I keys).
Step 2: Go to the System menu.
Step 3: Select Multitask.
Step 4: Enable Adjust Windows in the Multitasking menu.
Tap the down arrow button and make sure all options are enabled for Windows 11 multitasking. These features are necessary for a frictionless multitasking experience in Windows 11.
You can read them and understand why they are enabled by default in Windows 11 operating system.
Use Multi-Windows in Windows 11
Microsoft also offers multiple windows on the Windows 10 operating system. But the general implementation is much better on Windows 11. Here’s what to do.
Open an application in Windows. Now hover your mouse over the Maximize icon on the menu bar. Windows 11 will offer an option to use multiple windows. Let’s discuss them.
Split the application window in half
You will have a good idea how the Windows 11 operating system will split the current window with the live preview.
The first option will split the application window in half. You can select the left or right side, and Windows 11 pin the application to the selected side. Microsoft offers to open other applications in the background from the other side.
Select the app and you’re good to go with split screen style tweaking in Windows 11.
Use 2: 1 arrangement
This is one of our most used multitasking styles in Windows 11. The second option allows users to keep an application in the 1/3 area on the right side and the second one on the left side.
We usually keep the preferred Microsoft Edge on the left side and Microsoft OneNote in the small right window.
Use the window for three applications at the same time
Hover over the maximize button and use the third option to use three Windows 11.
Move the current application to the left half and from the open windows, select the desired application to continue working.
Screen divided into four sections
This option is ideal for those who use Windows 11 on a larger screen. If you are using Windows 11 on a 13/14 inch laptop, you will not find it useful.
As you may have guessed from the multitasking preview, the option will divide the application windows into four parts. People who use Windows 11 on a large desktop, such as a 27- to 32-inch monitor, will find this setting more useful.
Note: Using multiple windows in three or four sections will affect visibility and clarity. We recommend using this setting only on a larger screen.
Split windows horizontally in Windows 11
Users can also split windows horizontally. This is most useful for those using Windows 11 in a portrait display configuration. That way, you won’t get much benefit from splitting apps vertically. You need to split the apps horizontally.
Open the application you want to split in the upper half of the screen. Use Windows + up arrow key and pin it to the top. You can open the application windows in the lower half.
Alternatively, you can drag and drop application windows on either side until the cursor moves. Release the cursor, pin the apps and use multiple windows in Windows 11.
Windows 11 multitasking with external monitor
This is another improvement that Microsoft made with Windows 11. When you configure multiple windows on a desktop using the multitasking options mentioned above, the system will remember those application positions once you disconnect the Windows 11 laptop from the monitor.
As soon as you reconnect the laptop with the monitor, you can use the same settings again with one click.
Multitask like a pro on Windows 11
Windows 11 multitasking is a pleasure to use. You don’t need any third party application in Windows 11 to use multiple windows. Microsoft has made the use of multiple windows very convenient in the latest operating system. How do you plan to use it in Windows 11? Share your views in the comments below.