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What is the difference between split view and slide over on an iPad?



  Apple iPad Split View and Slide Over Hero

When multitasking on the iPad, two main screen modes are used, Split View and Slide Over. In both modes, you can use two apps side by side, but each works a little differently. Let's talk about their similarities and differences.

What is Split View?

The main difference between split view and slide over is how much screen space each app uses when using multiple apps. They also differ in functionality and are each suitable for different types of tasks.

In split view, two windows are displayed side by side with a black partition in the middle. It is designed to use two apps at the same time in a situation where you may need to continuously refer to each app or move information from one to the other.

With your finger you can drag the partition left or right and the size of both change windows proportionally.

 An example of Split View on the iPad

Open an app to use Split View. Then slowly swipe up from the bottom of the screen to open the dock. Place your finger on the icon for the second app you want to open, and then slowly drag it to the left or right edge of the screen until it clicks into place.

To remove Split View, place your finger on. Drag the black dividing line to the edge of the screen at medium speed until one of the windows disappears.

 Splitting the Split View on iPad Step 1

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What is Slide Over?

Slide Over shows a primary app in full screen mode and a secondary app in a small floating window on the left or right side of the screen.

The slide-over window can be closed quickly and called back if necessary. This is ideal for quickly reviewing information from one app while you're working on something else.

 An example of Slide Over on the iPad

To use Slide Over, open an app. Slowly swipe up from the bottom of the screen to open the dock. Place your finger on the icon for the second app you want to open, and then slowly drag it to the left or right half of the screen until it appears as a floating window.

To hide the slide over window, place your fingers on the control bar at the top and quickly swipe to the right or left edge of the screen. You can get it by swiping in from the left or right edge of the screen, depending on which side you hid it from.

 Slide the side view window onto the iPad to zoom out.

To completely close a slide across the window, hold your finger on the control bar at the top and slowly slide it towards the edge of the screen until it becomes part of the split view. You can then close the unwanted window by sliding the black partition between the two windows to the edge of the screen until one window disappears.

Split view and move at the same time

It is possible to use Split view and move at the same time. This means that you have three app windows on the screen at the same time.

 Using Slide Over and Split View simultaneously on the iPad

To do this, start in Split View mode and open the Dock by slowly swiping up from the top of the screen. Slowly drag the app icon (for the third app that's in slide over) over the black partition in the middle of the screen.

Use the control bar on top to remove the slide over window, pulling it to the side of the screen until it replaces one of the Split View apps. You can then close the window by sliding the black middle partition up to the edge of the screen until a window disappears.

Learn more about multitasking – or disable it completely

Multitasking features on the iPad can be very practical and powerful. The gestures require some patience and practice to find the right thing.

However, if you prefer to use the iPad as a single-task device or accidentally open additional app windows, you can deactivate the split view and drag in the Settings app.

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