Dual Webpage View in Edge: A Seamless Browsing Experience
The “Split Screen” Feature Comes to Life
Microsoft has unveiled its anticipated “Split Screen” feature in the Edge browser, empowering users to display two webpages side by side in one window. After months of testing, this feature, previously found only in the experimental menu, is now rolled out and activated by default for all in its stable version.
How to Use the Split Screen Feature
Using the split view in Edge is straightforward. Users can either click the toolbar icon, which resembles a screen split in half, or simply use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Shift + 2. Once activated, the Edge window divides, presenting the active webpage on the left and prompting the user to pick another webpage for the right side.
Enhanced User Controls on Split View
Each side of the split screen provides two buttons, letting users close the displayed webpage, open it in a new tab, exit the split screen, or swap the webpage positions. Microsoft’s website offers insights on this new feature’s functionality, revealing that although only two websites can be displayed on one tab now, more dynamic options are on the horizon. Soon, users will be able to open a link within the same screen, creating a convenient way to view search engine results on one side and the requested webpage on the other.
Comparing with Google’s Approach
Unlike Google’s recent Chrome feature that saves search results in a separate panel while browsing, Edge’s split-screen provides a more integrated experience. To demonstrate its potential, Microsoft showcases a screenshot on its website, illustrating a webpage on one side and a text document on the other.
Finally, the split-screen functionality offers users versatility. They can effortlessly drag a link from the left screen to the right and adjust each screen’s size as per their preference.