Split Screen

By David Wilson Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Jan 31, 2012

If you've ever found yourself switching back and forth between browser tabs, or between your browser and a text document, and wished there was some way you could just look at both at the same time, wish no longer. Split Screen is an extension for Chrome that lets you view two Web sites side-by-side, or view one Web site next to a text editor. It's extremely handy and easy to use, and we think it's a great tool to add to Chrome's capabilities.

Once installed, Split Screen appeared as an icon to the right of Chrome's address bar. Clicking the icon split the window in two, with separate address bars in each pane. The default view places a text editor on the left side and Split Screen options on the right, but users can set either pane to contain the text editor, a blank page, or a specific Web site by default. Users can also customize the size of each pane and easily toggle between a vertical and horizontal split. The only major drawback to Split Screen that we identified was its inability to display secure Web pages, which means that it can't be used with e-mail or many social networking sites. But if you need to do a side-by-side comparison of two sites, take notes as you study online material, or do anything else that requires frequent switching between tabs, Split Screen is a great Chrome extension to have.

Like most Chrome extensions, Split Screen installs and uninstalls without issues.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 0.18

General

Release June 19, 2013
Date Added June 19, 2013
Version 0.18

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 2003, Windows 2000, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows 7, Windows XP
Additional Requirements Google Chrome Beta channel

Popularity

Total Downloads 28,969
Downloads Last Week 27
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Developer's Description

Opens a new tab and prompts the user for two URL's, then displays both sites on one page. Great for cross-reference studying and surfing the web in general. Watch a video while you surf another webpage.