First: this is going to sound weird at first. I might be the only person that wants this.

I've used two-screen setups every now and then, and I find that the separation between them helps me be more organized. On OS X, especially (and probably other platforms), maximizing a window causes it to become the size of the currently open display, which helps me tremendously with window resizing.

I have a rather large (external) display, and I'd like to be able to 'split' it right down the middle, turning it into two side-by-side displays as far as the OS is concerned. Is there an application that allows me to do this?

The Graphics Card is a NVIDIA GeForce 9400M 256 MB, if that matters.

Note: Perhaps a tiling window manager be OK, although I'm really looking to be able to simulate a physical display so that I get all the benefits from that.

  • Yeah I understand :) May 1, 2014 at 15:59
  • That's an awesome setup, @FranckDernoncourt. I want it!
    – user46
    May 1, 2014 at 16:04

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If managing half screen window maximizations is the biggest requirement there are some window snapping softwares. Windows 7 has snap built in that lets you maximize windows to half the screen. I have a love hate with this one. Mostly I hate it when it snaps when I don't want it too.

OSX has BetterSnapTool on the mac app store for $1.99. you can get BetterTouchTool for free which also provides custom gestures. It looks like the developer extracted the snap feature out of BetterTouchTool since people got it just for the snaping feature. I just got it to test it out and so far its pretty cool. Unlike windows 7 snapping BetterSnap allows for quarter window sizing. I have a 3 monitor setup and it is working nicely on each monitor

  • I don't think this is what he meant. I believe he wants to use one monitor screens as two independent screens..Like having two desktops and stuff. Feb 6, 2014 at 16:39

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