Split View: Run Two Apps Side by Side

| By Rebekka

If you use a Mac or a (newer) iPad, you can work in Split View, that is, run two apps side by side. Even when working on a relatively small screen, you’re hence able to, say, research with Safari and jot down your findings in Ulysses at the same time. Go through a PDF document in Ulysses’ preview, and double-check the referenced links. Watch a Shakespeare play while writing an essay about it. Up to you.

Split View on iPad

Let’s assume you’re writing in Ulysses and want to open Safari in addition. Just swipe from the bottom of the screen to open the Dock. Now touch and hold the Safari icon, and drag it to the left or right edge of the screen.


To give Ulysses and Safari equal space, drag the app divider to the center of the screen. To close Safari again, drag the over the app, towards the edge of the screen.

Full Screen Split View on Mac

On Mac, you can also show two Ulysses windows next to each other in Split View. With two editors open at the same time you can easily compare contents, outline in one sheet and write in another, or simply copy & paste text between sheets. You can even display the export preview right next to the editor in fullscreen, allowing for a live preview of your output.

To set up for Split View, it’s best to first open the windows you want to use later in Fullscreen. Let’s give it a try with the editor and Export Preview. To move Ulysses into Fullscreen Split View, you need to click-and-hold the green button in the toolbar until you see a left-and-right view. Drag the editor window to either the left or the right and let go of the mouse. You will then see all applications which can be moved to the other half of the screen:

Just click the export preview window:

If you need less space for the preview, simply drag the black divider in the middle to the right.

This article was last updated on September 26, 2017.

Split View: Run Two Apps Side by Side

Even on small screens, you can research with Safari and write with Ulysses at the same time.