Microsoft has just rolled out its split screen feature in Edge. You can now view two web pages side by side in the same window.
A few months ago, Microsoft tested the possibility of displaying two sites in the same tab of its Edge web browser. Testing of this function called “Split Screen” now appears to be complete. The functionality, which was until now only available after activating a flag in the menu dedicated to Edge’s experimental functions, is now accessible to everyone. Microsoft has just deployed it and activated it by default in the stable version of its browser.
Edge displays two web pages side by side
To simultaneously display two web pages in the same Edge window, there are two options. You can, as desired, click on the appropriate button grafted into the Edge toolbar and represented by the icon of a screen separated in two, or directly use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+2. The Edge window will then split in two, displaying the active page on the left of the screen, and inviting you to choose, on the right, the second page to open.
On each view of this split screen, two buttons allow you to close the displayed page, open the page in a new tab, exit the split screen or even swap the display of the two pages.
On its website, Microsoft gives some details about how this new split-screen feature works. We thus learn that it is only possible to display two websites per tab, but above all that Microsoft is preparing the arrival of other options which will soon be integrated into this function. You can, for example, open a link in the same screen.
A very practical option since it will allow you, for example, to display on one side, the results of a search engine, and on the other, the requested page. A system which, moreover, is reminiscent of that recently adopted by Google which offers in Chrome to keep your search results in a dedicated pane while you browse.
But it’s probably Microsoft that talks about it best. To illustrate all the potential offered by this new function, the Redmond firm has published, on its site, a screenshot perfectly illustrating the use of such a function. On one side, Edge displays a web page, and on the other, a working document opened in a word processing tool.
Finally, this split screen function leaves a certain freedom in its use. You can quickly open a link by dragging and dropping from the left screen to the right screen and can adjust the size of each screen as you wish.