I've recently started using a Macbook on a new job (macOS 10.15), coming from a Windows 10, and then more a Ubuntu background.

A feature that both Windows 10 and Ubuntu had was the ability to have an application use half of a given display, by pressing the special + or . Windows 10 can also split a screen again into quarter by using special + or

This feature is particular useful for using large monitors, where I might display my text editor and a browser side by side.

macOS does have split screen functionality as mentioned here, but there is no mention of keyboard shortcuts.

Is there an equivalent keyboard shortcut function for this on macOS?

  • You could try purchasing a little app called Magnet from the Mac App Store. It’s extremely useful allowing you to split screen, drag windows to each half/quarter of the screen and has some customisable shortcuts. Have a look: apps.apple.com/au/app/magnet/id441258766?mt=12
    – AVelj
    Apr 1, 2020 at 5:14
  • @AVelj that actually looks quite good - I might give it a go
    – dwjohnston
    Apr 1, 2020 at 23:38

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Yes Apple allows split screen with a vertical slider or divider out of the box.

There are many awesome window manager that automate many grid layout, are flexible and very friendly to key shortcuts. I like moom and divvy in particular.

  • Hi - Yes I did see the apple split screen -though that help page has no mention of keyboard shortcuts.
    – dwjohnston
    Apr 1, 2020 at 1:30

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