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How to Split a Screen on Mac Laptop

Having two documents up on the same screen is great when working on a paper or outline. But if you don’t know how to split your screen (referring to macOS for this blog post), it can be challenging to get the documents just right. For macOS, there is an easy solution to this.

Start by opening what you’d like to work on. For this blog post, it will be a paper and a primary digital source.

Next, you will want to click and hold the third button on the document in the upper left-hand corner that is green. You will receive the option to title the window to the left or right screen or make the window take up the full screen of your computer.

Once you have decided, your screen will open up, giving you the option of documents to pick from.

Click on the second document you wish to fill the other half of your screen.

And now, you have a split-screen with two documents you can seamlessly switch back and forth to. I love this option for writing papers because I don’t have to change documents and can have everything neat and tidy on—my screen.

Taking Screenshots on a Computer

Taking screenshots of your computer screen is a great tool for you to use to share things on your screen with your students. You can also record your screen, creating a video of your screen for your students. Recording your screen this way, however, does not show your students your face. There is a Chrome extension that lets you film your face and record your screen, which is called Screencastify. This blog post will take you step by step on how to take screenshots on a Mac computer.

To take screenshots on your computer there are two things you can do.

  • Press the keys: command, shift, 3 to take a screenshot of the entire screen like this:
  • To take a more controlled screenshot, press the keys: command, shift, 5. This gives you an option to capture the entire screen, selected window (like chrome or word), or select portion which you can shape.
    • IF you want to record a video of your entire screen or a portion of your screen by pressing command, shift, 5. For this, you should go to the options tab that appears where you can save the video (desktop or documents), set a timer (5-10 sec) before recording, and I suggest clicking on show mouse pointer so the viewer can see what your mouse is doing.
    • This is what a controlled screenshot looks like if I only wanted to show where you type in a tweet:
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