This question is about Mac El Capitan SplitView

I am a fan of using splitscreen views as in i3 for linux.

Or when I am on Windows I use snapping

With the new feature is there a way to use it without touching the mouse?

So far I've only seen that you can use it by setting it to fullscreen-mode and then use Mission Control for it. new-split-screen

  • @MarekH there is now answer in that thread!!
    – markhunte
    Commented Oct 7, 2015 at 17:42
  • Cmd +` (that's a backtick) for swaping the focus. I deleted the answer because they wanted to swap views not to swap focus from one window to antoher. Another part of answer was Amethyst github.com/ianyh/Amethyst
    – Marek H
    Commented Oct 7, 2015 at 18:07
  • What does "use it mean"? Do you mean is there a way to split-screen a window and pick the other window to place beside it without using the mouse? Just the keyboard?
    – Ian C.
    Commented Oct 7, 2015 at 18:27

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No shortcuts for Split Screen in El Capitan as far as I am aware.

However ShiftIt (completely free!) is amazing for this! Like just unbelievably brilliant.

Been using it since Mountain Lion.


Can also be installed via HomeBrew:

$ brew cask install ShiftIt

FYI I am in no way associated with this software's development.

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    Massive plus 1 for ShiftIt. Wonderful tool. Commented Jun 13, 2016 at 15:26

I have found that Spectacle is the way to go!



It's unfortunate that there aren't keyboard shortcuts for native split screen mode.

However, I use a cheaper program called BetterSnapTool (as of 07/27/2016 is $2.99 USD in the App Store) and it does have keyboard shortcuts.


It can be done with Spectacle. It's free and serve my need. You can split screen in any direction. You can also configure its shortcuts to do whatever you want.


There are no keyboard shortcuts to activate this feature of OS X currently. The primary way to activate it is to click and hold down the Green traffic light and select another available window to use in split screen.

  • Note that this isn't the "only" way. You can also use Ctrl+Cmd+F to make an app independently fullscreen and then drag another window onto it in Mission Control.
    – Arc676
    Commented Nov 8, 2015 at 9:35
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    "without touching the mouse" Commented Mar 10, 2016 at 0:47
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    It's so annoying that OSX doesn't support the power users anymore. Commented Jun 13, 2016 at 14:58

It can be done easily with Keyboard Maestro ($36).

Create two macros, with whatever keyboard shortcuts you like, one for focussing the lefthand pane, and another to focus the right one.

Use the Move and Click action to Click the Left Button relative to the Absolute Postion.

You need to set the x, y coordinates according to the size of your display. The height isn't too important (I just used the halfway point), but you'll want KM to click near to the sides of the display, so the clicks will always be in the correct pane, even if you resize them.

Obviously, $36 is a lot to fix one thing, but KM can do a lot of useful stuff, so you will probably find it's worth it, especially if you like doing everything with shortcuts.

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