Split screen is a feature that has been baked into Windows for a long time, but it now seems that Microsoft wants to extend it to the Microsoft Edge web browser. The company is now testing a Split Screen feature in Edge, allowing users to split tabs when they are browsing. Microsoft is testing the feature with Edge Insider.
While this is a split screen tool, it has different behavior to classic desktop screen splitting that is already available on Windows. Specifically, the Split Screen in Microsoft Edge will split two tabs into a single window instead of splitting two windows onto the screen.
Essentially, the feature will make it easier to switch from one tab to another. It will also help to enter browser settings without needing to leave the webpage you are on.
Of course, Microsoft Edge already has a sidebar that delivers similar functionality. Tab splitting would be a more accurate name for the new feature. Either way, it is heading to Microsoft Edge on all desktop platforms (Windows, Mac, Linux).
While it is available in preview, it is still locked behind a flag so it cannot be enabled in the settings of Edge. Although, you can enable the flag and the feature by heading to Edge://flags through the URL bar and then type Microsoft Edge Split screen in the “Search for flags” space. Enable the flag and restart Edge.
Once it is enabled, the Split Screen tool appears via Settings > Appearance.
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