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What is Split View on iPad?

Multi-window mode on iPad, called Split View, was first implemented with the release of iOS 9. During this time, Apple developers have changed the principle of its operation several times. We will tell you about how it works now in this article.

Why you should try Split View on iPad

With the release of iPadOS 15, users never got the serious, long-awaited update for the iPad, which was so much hoped for. After all, Apple’s tablet had virtually no apps or desktop-class multitasking. Fortunately, iPad multitasking in the new iPadOS 15 has been improved after all.

In short, when you run any app on an iPad with iPad OS 15 (or newer), you’ll notice that there’s a three-dot button in the very center of the top. Tapping this element gives you access to the multitasking menu.

Once you click this new multitasking menu button, you will see three more buttons. Pressing each one activates the next function.

Split View is essentially two apps open at the same time, each taking up half of the screen by default. You can resize apps by dragging the slider between them. Split View on iPad allows you to fully work (view content, copy links, text, and images between windows) on your Apple tablet with two apps at the same time. As examples, below are two windows of Safari and Safari + Notes.

What is Slide Over

In Slide Over mode, one app is displayed in a small floating window that you can drag to the left or right edge of the screen.

How to Split View on iPad

If you’re interested in how to activate Split View mode, here’s a brief instruction on how to do it:

  • Press the middle button to switch to Split View mode.
  • Your current app will move to the side and you can now select another app to open it next to the first. Just tap on any app on the Home screen or in the dock.
  • You can even open Safari twice, seeing two pages at once in Split View. Or you can open the Files app and work with Safari in the other window at the same time. Notice how each of the two windows has got its own multitasking menu – those three dots at the top in the center of the app.
  • You can click on them and try again to enter full-screen mode (for the selected app), Split View mode (nothing will happen, because you’re already in that mode) or start Slide Over mode. It will open the corresponding app in a popup window, and the other app will go into full-screen mode.

There is also an option to close Split View.

How to make a quick note in iPad OS 15

Quick Note is a new feature that requires the Apple Pencil. It allows you to take quick and easy notes regardless of what apps you currently have open on your iPad if any at all.

Simply take your Apple Pencil or use your finger and “draw” a line from the bottom right corner of the screen to the center.

This gesture will open a quick note popup above any app (or just on the home screen). However, that’s not all! Your quick note can stay open when you switch to other apps, like Safari.

If you have an open page and an open quick note, you will get the “Add Link” option (to the current page) inside the note. You can also select the text on the open page, and then get the “Add to Quick Note” option.

This new iPadOS 15 feature is likely to be invaluable to many students and professionals, saving them a lot of time when taking notes and doing research.

You can swipe a note to the edge of the screen just like a pop-up video, so it stays open without taking up screen space.

Or, if you’re done with the quick note, flick it back to the bottom right corner of the screen or click Done to close it permanently.

By the way, if you add a link to a page in Quick Notes and then visit the same page in Safari, a corresponding note appears in case you need the link again. All of this makes the Notes app much more intuitive, easy, and fast to use in iPadOS 15.

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