Chromebooks work toward more versatile window snapping
Not quite Windows 11 Snap Layouts, but it’s a potential improvement.
Google is working to make the use of multiple windows in Chrome OS a bit more flexible. While Chromebooks are currently limited to two windows, each taking up 50 percent of the screen, it appears users will soon have the option to have one window occupy two-thirds of the screen while the second window uses the remaining third.
As first spotted by the Chrome Story blog and noted by Chrome Unboxed on Sunday, a code change in the Chromium Gerrit points to a developing feature meant to “add partial split.” This is just an experimental flag, so its release, while likely, isn’t guaranteed.
The feature, as currently being developed, would reportedly still limit Chrome OS users to viewing two windows on a Chromebook screen but add greater flexibility. Potential uses include using the smaller window for a social media feed or using one window for pulling information from and another for taking notes and writing.
Exact details on the likely Chromebook feature aren’t yet known, but it’s expected that the OS will offer overlay options for snapping when you drag a window to a border. This would let you quickly enjoy a split or two-thirds and one-third view without having to resize windows yourself.
The feature still wouldn’t make Chromebook windows management as robust or versatile as Windows 11’s Snap Layouts, which offer various overlays when dragging a window, based on where you drag the window and the size, resolution, and scale of your display.
The developing feature shows Google continuing to look for ways to evolve how Chromebook users work with windows. In April, the Chrome OS Canary experimental channel added the ability to pin a window to the top, as reported by Android Police.