Sep 302010
 
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I have to thank Madras Geek for writing about Google Chrome Split Screen which inspired me to download the Chrome Extension and test it.  This maybe one of the most efficient extensions for people who have 22″ or larger monitors and don’t use dual monitor systems.

The Split Screen Google Chrome extension basically takes your Chrome tab window and divides it in half horizontally or you can configure it to divide your Chrome tab horizontally (one website on top, the other on bottom).  You can type a separate URL for the left and right half of the screens.

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For those of you who use Hootsuite or other web based Twitter client, this allows you to browse websites while leaving your web based twitter client open in the same tab.  This means you NEVER have to tab back and forth or click on other windows to see your twitter updates.

In this setup here I have my Dragon Blogger WordPress Admin on the left and my Hootsuite window open on the right all in the same tab.image You can change the URL of either view anytime and browse them independently.

One feature I would love for this extension to have is the ability to click a link in one frame and it open the URL in the 2nd frame instead of a new tab or window.  (Of course this would make it similar to how the new Twitter Website works with two frames ironically.

Limitations of the Dual View Chrome Extension

  • No SSL Sites

One limitation is you cannot open Secure websites in frames, so nothing with https:// in the URL will work, must be http only.  You also have to manually type http://<sitename> including the http:// unlike the Google Chrome URL bar where you can just type the URL and Chrome will choose http:// or https:// based on the URL that resolves.

  • No Twitter.com or Facebook.com

In addition to https:// not working you cannot open certain sites that don’t support framing either.  This means you can’t directly open facebook.com or twitter.com inside the frames.  I was able to open LinkedIn, Plurk, Digg, StumbleUpon and various other networks, but Facebook and Twitter homepage will not be framed inside the Dual View Chrome Extension.  So you may find some sites that just won’t work.

Summary

The Split Screen Chrome Extension is actually very useful even with the limitations it currently has, and as a result I don’t have to have as many tabs open and can keep track of information on the same Chrome window with the two views.

-Dragon Blogger


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Justin Germino
Working in the IT Industry for over 13 years and specializing in web based technologies. Dragon Blogger has unique insights and opinions to how the internet and web technology works. An Avid movie fan, video game fan and fan of trying anything and everything new.
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  • http://www.webmasterserve.com/ Luqman @ UK Webmaster forum

    Google Chrome Split Screen is a very useful addon, it will working with Google Chrome more faster and easier. I am going to install it right away. Thanks for sharing it.

  • Sahil Kotak @ Blogging Tips

    I am not a fan of Google Chrome, as I just love FireFox. And if need to choose anything else then that then it would be Apple Safari.

    The Split screen feature looks good, and I would like to try it on my PC.

    Thanks for the info. :)

  • http://www.gobankingrates.com/ Mandy June

    I am an avid fan of google chrome. I love being able to have two screens pulled up at the same time. Overall, I would just say google chrome makes it more convenient.

  • Sathish @ TechieMania

    I am not using Chrome and I am not a big fan of it too. But these extensions are really looking cool. If Firefox wont add these features to them, I have to switch the web browsers. Thanks for sharing the info.

    • http://www.dragonblogger.com dragonblogger

      Chrome 7.x was just released and it is fantastically fast and does HTML5 very well, if you haven’t used Chrome yet you are missing out.

  • http://www.pkgsupply.com Amanda@staples & staplers

    Is it possible to bookmark (or save some other way) a dual view set of URLs, so I don’t have to enter them every time, along with the sizes of the two panes?It would be ideal if I could just open Chrome, and get to it with a single click. In Firefox you can probably do it when it prompts you to “Save and Quit” when exiting the application (haven’t tried myself).

    • http://www.dragonblogger.com dragonblogger

      At this time there isn’t, it could still use some enhancements.

  • Dan Kinley@government foreclosure help

    I hardly use Chrome. Mozilla Firefox has many features compared to any other browser available in the market. By the way, the split screen thing is quite old for Firefox users. Firefox users need to download an add-on and then they can open up to 5 websites in the same tab. I don’t recall the name of the add-on but it exists for Firefox.

  • http://www.palabuzz.com Paul@ Entertainment tonight

    So it works like a Firefox but I don’t think that I will be switching soon unless it has pr checker add-on.

  • http://www.iphone4jailbreak.org/ Sourish @ Jailbreak Iphone 4

    this is useful especially to those ho have a wide screen monitor and have a browser open in full screen .
    Sourish

  • http://www.gadgetcage.com/ gadgetcage

    Its one of the strangest features I have ever come across. I have been using chrome over a period of time. Thanks a lot for sharing the trick. I have been using Windows 7 Multiple Tabs Feature till now, Now its time to use this :D

  • http://www.synactable.com/ Trevor B. Reed@Charleston Marketing Firm

    I use Firefox and I would be very interested to see a plugin that allows a split screen user experience. I am also curious why Facebook would not allow framing…any ideas? Great post as always!

    • http://www.dragonblogger.com dragonblogger

      Not sure, but may have something to do with it using SSL on certain portions.