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It has never been easier to multitask on Chromebooks, thanks to the Split Screen feature. In this guide, we’ll walk you through four different ways to split the screen on your Chromebook to accommodate two apps simultaneously.
You’ll also find some extra tips and tricks that’ll help you get the best out of the Split Screen functionality on your Chromebook.
Method 1: From the Overview Screen
The Show windows key is located at the F5 spot on your keyboard. It’s the key with a rectangle and two horizontal lines to the right. Pressing the button displays the Chrome Overview mode where you’ll find all open apps, windows, and desktops on your Chromebook. You can move apps into a multi-window setup from the overview screen. Let’s see how it’s done.
1. Launch the apps you want to use in split-screen mode.
2. Press the Show windows button (it’s located at the F5 spot) on your Chromebook’s keyboard.
Alternatively, swipe-up three fingers on the touchpad. You should see a card deck of all active applications.
3. Drag one of the apps to the section of the screen that reads Drag here to use split screen.
Move the first/primary app either to the left or right edge of the screen; your choice.
4. Afterward, click or drag the second app to the free space on the other side of your Chromebook’s display.
Method 2: Drag and Drop
This is another quick way to organize two apps in a side-by-side setup on your Chromebook. Follow the instructions below to get it done.
1. Click and drag the title bar of the first app to the left or right edge of your Chromebook’s display. Release the app when you see a transparent highlight that occupies 50% of the screen.
That should automatically dock the app into the left or right half of the screen, depending on what side you dragged the app.
2. Launch the second app and drag it by the title bar into the unoccupied section of the screen.
If the app occupies the full screen, tap the Minimize icon to resize the app window. Otherwise, you may be unable to drag the app into a split screen setup.
3. Release the window when the transparent highlight covers the section you want to place the app on.
Both apps should now be docked side-by-side, each taking up 50% screen space.
Method 3: Using Keyboard Shortcut
The beauty of Chromebooks and the ChromeOS is that there’s a keyboard shortcut for almost every action. In a few clicks, you can have two apps in a multi-window arrangement on your Chromebook. Here’s how.
1. Open any of the two apps you want to use in split screen mode and press the Alt + [ keys to instantly dock the app in the left half of the screen.
If you want the first app on the right edge of the screen, press the Alt key and the right bracket, i.e., Alt + ].
2. Open the second app and use the same keyboard shortcut to dock the app in the other half of your Chromebook display.
Let’s say you docked the first app to the left half of the screen. Then, launch the second app, and press Alt + ] to move the second app to the other half. If you dock the first app on the right edge, open the second app and press Alt + [ to fit the window into the left edge of the screen.
Pro Tip: Press Ctrl + Alt + / (or Ctrl + Alt + ?) to view all keyboard shortcuts on your Chromebook.
Method 4: Use the Maximize/Restore Button
Not only does the Maximize/Restore modify the size of a window, but it can also be used to position apps into a Split Screen arrangement on ChromeOS.
1. On the first app window, tap and hold the Maximize/Restore icon.
2. You should see two arrows to the left and right of the icon. While holding the Maximize icon, move the cursor to the left-facing arrow to dock the app to the left half of the screen. Alternatively, move the cursor to the right-facing arrow to send the app to the right half of the screen.
3. Launch the second app and repeat the process to send the window to the other half of your Chromebook.
Chromebook Split Screen Tips
Now that you know how to activate Split Screen on Chromebook, here are some extra tips to help you maximize your multi-window experience.
Resize App Windows in Split Screen Mode
Want to view one of the Split Screen apps in a bigger window? Place the cursor at the point where both apps meet and wait till a tiny icon with two arrows pointing left and right appear at the boundary.
Move the icon in the appropriate direction to simultaneously adjust the split proportion of both apps to your preference.
To resize split screen windows in tablet mode, hold the tiny circle-shaped divider between the apps and drag it to the left or right.
How to Exit Split Screen Mode on Chromebook
Minimizing any of the apps into the background or maximizing a window to a full screen will disable the split screen setup. Closing an app will yield the same result.
App Won’t Go Into Split Screen?
If you’re unable to trigger an app into a multi-window setup on your Chromebook, it could be because the app doesn’t support the feature. In most cases, apps that don’t support split screen on ChromeOS lack a Maximize/Restore icon on the title bar. You’ll only find the Minimize and Close icon on such apps. A good example is Netflix.
Likewise, if you try to force the app into split screen mode, you’ll get an error message that reads “App doesn’t support split screen.”
You’re Now a Split Screen Guru
You can use all methods (except the keyboard shortcut trick) to activate the split screen even when using your Chromebook in tablet mode. The only difference is that you’ll have to use your fingers to move the app windows and perform other related actions.
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The Discord platform isn’t just for gamers. It’s a community built around regular text, voice, and video communication online. It’s easy enough to make your own discord server and chat with your friends, but while Discord errors are rare, they can stop you from using the platform.
One unfortunate error that can plague Discord users is a streaming sound issue, preventing users from hearing audio while you’re sharing your screen on Discord (and vice versa). If a Discord stream has no sound, you’ll need to troubleshoot the issue by following the steps below.
1. Check Your Audio Settings
Before you consider more drastic approaches to this issue, the first thing you should do is check your audio settings. You’ll need to set your PC or Mac to use the correct output device (for instance, switching to headphones or external speakers), as well as ensure that the volume levels are high enough.
For Windows users, in particular, this means checking that the audio level for Discord is high enough to hear the audio. Windows allows you to control volume for individual running apps—if the volume is set too low, you won’t be able to hear the stream.
As these volume levels are also used by Discord to determine what others can hear as you’re streaming, it’s important to set them to an appropriate level.
- To check your audio settings on Windows, right-click the audio icon in the notifications area of the task bar. From the menu, select the Open Sound settings option.
- In the Sound settings menu, select the correct output device (for instance, headphones or speakers) from the Choose your output device drop-down menu. Once selected, move the Master volume slider to the right to a level high enough to hear the audio.
- To check the individual volume levels for open apps, you’ll need to open the sound volume mixer (making sure that the Discord client is open first). Right-click the audio icon on the taskbar, then select the Open Volume Mixer option.
- In the Volume Mixer window, move the slider for the Discord app upwards to ensure the volume level is high enough. If it isn’t listed, make sure to select and move the Speakers slider upwards instead. If you’re using the Discord web client, make sure to move the slider for your chosen browser (e.g. Chrome) upwards. If you’re streaming yourself, make sure that any applications you’re screen sharing (such as a game or web browser) have sufficient volume set in the volume mixer.
- To check your audio settings are correctly configured on Mac, you’ll need to open the System Preferences menu. To do this, select the Apple menu icon > System Preferences.
- In the System Preferences menu, select Sound > Output. Select the correct device for sound output (e.g. headphones or speakers) from the list provided, then move the Output volume slider to the right to set the volume. If the Mute checkbox is enabled, make sure to uncheck this.
2. Use Applications in Windowed Mode
If you’re trying to stream a full-screen game on Discord, you may run into issues. This is because Discord (at present) doesn’t support streaming while full-screen applications are open.
This could prevent you (and your audience) from hearing or seeing content as you stream. Where possible, make sure to only use applications that are in windowed mode (either maximized or smaller). If the game enters full screen automatically, you may need to check the settings to change the default display mode.
3. Reset Discord Audio Settings
While changes to Discord’s audio settings can help to improve the quality of a stream or call, it can also cause conflicts if the wrong settings are changed. The best way to resolve this issue is to reset Discord’s audio settings to the default configuration.
If you want to change your audio configuration, reset your voice settings first and start with the defaults to limit potential conflicts.
- To do this, open the Discord desktop app or website and sign in, then select the Settings icon on the bottom left.
- In the Settings menu, select the Voice & Video tab, then select the Reset Voice Settings option at the bottom.
- Discord will ask you for confirmation. Select the Okay button to reset your settings.
4. Change Discord Audio Settings
If your Discord stream has no sound after resetting Discord’s voice settings to the default configuration, you may need to change some of the audio settings manually. You can do this in either the Discord app or using the web client.
- To start, open Discord and select the Settings icon on the bottom left.
- Select Voice & Video from the left-hand menu. If you’re using the desktop app, select the OpenH264 Video Codec slider to switch to an alternative audio codec and disable hardware acceleration.
- You can also disable some voice processing features. Select the slider next to the Advanced Voice Activity and Automatic Gain Control features if certain audio devices (such as your Discord mic) aren’t working as intended.
- Finally, Discord uses Quality of Service (QoS) to ensure Discord calls and streaming has priority over other local network traffic, but this can cause some issues. To disable this feature, toggle the Enable Quality of Service High Packet Priority slider to disable it, turning the slider gray.
5. Reinstall the Discord App (or Switch to Discord Canary)
In certain rare circumstances, the Discord client itself could be the problem. Reinstalling the Discord app (or switching to it, if you’re using the web client) could be a good fix for potential streaming issues, ensuring the latest updates are installed.
If you’re having trouble, however, you may want to give Discord Canary a try. This is an alpha test build of the Discord client that allows you to test new features and try out new bug fixes ahead of other users.
While a Discord Canary test build can be unstable, it may resolve certain audio issues, thanks to the latest bug fixes. You can download either the latest stable release or Canary build from the Discord website.
6. Check Your Audio Drivers
Windows should install audio drivers automatically, but if you’re using a new PC or if you’re just installed new hardware, you may need to install them yourself to ensure that your audio devices work correctly in Discord.
- To do this on Windows, right-click the Start menu and select the Device Manager option.
- In the Device Manager window, open the Sound, video and game controllers category, then right-click your audio device and select the Update driver option.
- In the Update Drivers menu, select the Search automatically for drivers option.
- If a newer driver is available on your PC, Windows will automatically install it. Otherwise, select the Search for updated drivers on Windows Update option.
- Windows Update will launch in a new window. If any updates are detected, select the Download and install option. Allow the process to complete, then restart your PC.
If Windows can’t find suitable drivers for your device, look for drivers on the manufacturer website. For instance, if you’ve installed a new motherboard, you may need to install new audio chipset drivers for your PC’s audio output to work correctly.
Building a Discord Community
The steps above should help to solve a problem where a Discord stream has no sound, as well as help to fix other issues, such as a robotic voice on stream and RTC connection issues. Once you’re up and running, you can begin to build up your community by adding new Discord bots to play music or help with moderation.
Of course, Discord isn’t the only platform for communities to organize around. There are a number of Discord alternatives you can try, from Slack to TeamSpeak. Gamers may still prefer Discord, however, as gaming-specific features like the in-game overlays make multiplayer games more fun.
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Finding a way to speak with multiple people at once over the internet can be a bit of a hassle. If you’re trying to get a group together in this way, you’ll probably be looking to download some new software that’s easy and effective to use.
Two of the top programs for a virtual group chat, focused mainly on gaming, are TeamSpeak and Discord. They are two of the most popular software for talking to others. Both of them are different from each other, though performing a similar task.
Depending on what you’re using the software for, the specifics of one or the other may prove to be more useful to you.
This article will weigh the differences between TeamSpeak vs. Discord, and the pros and cons of each so you can decide which one best suits your needs.
This program is well-known for its gaming voice chat capabilities, being used in esports leagues to communicate during gameplay. With TeamSpeak, you can create or join servers, which is where you can communicate with other users.
If you want to create your own private server, you’ll need the hardware to do so beforehand, but it’s free otherwise over TeamSpeak. If you don’t, you can host a server through TeamSpeak that will be public.
TeamSpeak is used mainly for in-game chats, and has great overall voice quality. Because of this, it’s great if you have a larger group of people all trying to communicate over a game at once. With TeamSpeak, you should be able to do so very smoothly.
Here are the pros and cons of the program in comparison to Discord.
- High voice quality. TeamSpeak is known for having extremely high sound quality, which makes it a good pick if you have a large group, as you’ll be able to hear everyone clearly.
- Less usage of bandwidth. If you’re worried about game lag occurrences while using a voice chat program, TeamSpeak doesn’t cause much of this compared to Discord, as Discord has more features which may cause lag during gameplay.
- In-game overlay available. If you need to use TeamSpeak while you’re playing your game, there is an overlay you can access while in-game. You can use this for text chat, or changing any TeamSpeak settings you might need to.
- Lacks a lot of text-chat features. The text chat in TeamSpeak is pretty bare-bones compared to Discord. If you don’t want a lot of frills for your text chat, you may actually prefer this though.
- Have to pay for servers. If you already have your own hardware to host a server, you can do so for free, but otherwise you’ll need to pay bandwidth fees in order to host one through TeamSpeak.
Discord is extremely popular to use for voice chatting. Though it began with mainly a gaming-based community, it’s usage has spread so you can find many different types of communities on the service. It’s much more like a social media network than TeamSpeak is.
In Discord, you can create or join servers for free. Within each server you can have different channels for different topics, and set roles for members of the server. With the capabilities of Discord’s text chat, such as being able to send pictures and gifs easily, it makes for a great social environment.
Here are some pros and cons of Discord compared to TeamSpeak.
- Intuitive user interface. Discord is very easy to use even if you’ve never used a similar type of program before. This makes it very simple to get started and begin using it right away.
- Free servers. With Discord, you can host servers for free, and all of the software itself is free to use as well. There is an upgrade you can pay for called Discord Nitro, but it’s not needed to enjoy all of the program’s features.
- Plenty of text chat features. Besides just voice chat, Discord also has a powerful text chat system within each server. You can send emojis, gifs, photos, attach files, and more. It makes for a great place for users to gather and communicate.
- Many users and communities. You can find tons of servers on Discord where you can discuss nearly any topic you wish. The program has expanded from gaming communities and now many more people have started hosting different types of servers. There are places where you can go just to chat and make friends, to talk about movies or books, music, and many more.
- In-game overlay. Like TeamSpeak, Discord also has its own overlay you can access while playing games. It’s also fully customizable if you want the overlay to look a certain way when opened up.
- Speaker prioritization system is lacking. If you have many people trying to voice chat at once in a Discord channel, it’s possible you may run into some issues. Discord may muffle someone if two people talk at once, and compared to TeamSpeak the voice quality is a bit lesser. If you don’t have many people in your voice chat, though, there shouldn’t be many problems.
- Collects user data. Discord has confirmed that they do collect user data. This includes your email, text chats, images, and voice chats. It’s unknown whether this data is sold to third parties, but it’s possible the company is using yours and other users’ data to determine their own future business model. Knowing this, it’s up to you whether you want to use the program or not.
Which Program Is Best?
When it comes down to it, choosing between TeamSpeak vs. Discord depends on what you’re wanting to use it for. If you have a small group you want to voice chat with, Discord is probably your best bet. Discord is also good if you’re more interested in text messaging and enjoy more of a social media environment.
If your main interest is using a program that can connect teammates for gaming, and you’ll be using voice chat consistently, TeamSpeak is a better option. With great voice quality and less danger of causing lag, the program is definitely made to compliment a multiplayer gaming experience.
Both programs have something to offer, so it comes down to deciding which features work best for you.