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Sometimes, when you write, you need to keep an eye on two texts at the same time – or at two versions of the same text next to each other, e.g., research on the left, actual writing on the right. Original on the left, translation on the right. Or perhaps you want to research with Safari and jot down your findings in Ulysses at the same time. This is where Split View comes in handy!

Split View on iPad

Apple’s system Split View on iPad allows you to open Ulysses and a second app or even two Ulysses windows side by side. 

While working in Ulysses, swipe upwards from the bottom of the screen to open the Dock. Now touch and hold the Ulysses icon, or that of another app, and drag it to the left or right edge of the screen. 

Alternatively, you can open a second Ulysses editor in Split View by dragging a sheet from the sheet list to either edge of the screen. Or you can long-tap the sheet in the sheet list and choose “Open in New Window”. 

In order to scroll both views simultaneously, simply drag both editors up or down with two fingers. 

Would you like to display an export preview of your document? In this case, long-tap the sheet in the sheet list or the Export icon in the menu bar and select “Export in New Window”. Alternatively, you can press ⌘⌥6 (command-alt-6) on your external keyboard.

To close the second window, simply drag the app divider over it, towards the edge of the screen.

Ulysses also supports other iPad-specific multitasking features, e.g., Spaces and Slide Over. To learn more about these please visit Apple’s support page.

Ulysses’ Split Editor on Mac

Of course, you can have multiple Ulysses windows open side by side on your Mac. However, there is also the option to split the editor directly in the app, which makes working with two texts even more convenient.

To split the editor, either right-click a sheet and select “Open in Second Editor” from the context menu, or click a sheet while holding  (option). Ulysses will open a second editor right next to the one you’re currently writing in.


You can easily recognize the text you are currently editing by its highlight. However, you can also switch off this feature by unchecking “Highlight Active Editor” in the Second Editor menu, accessible via the rings icon. Here, Ulysses also allows you to swap both editors, and to revert to the one editor view by closing the second editor.

Would you rather have a horizontal split than a vertical one? No problem, select the option “Second Editor on Bottom” in this menu.



Do you want to compare two texts? Hold (option) during scrolling to move both editors simultaneously.

You can switch between the two editors without lifting your fingers from the keyboard: Use the shortcuts ⌘⌥→ and ⌘⌥← (command-option-right/left arrow).

It's up to you how much space you give each of the editors on your screen: drag the divider to left or right as you see fit. To split the available space evenly between both editors again, double-click the divider.

Full-Screen Split View on Mac 

Apple’s system Split View on Mac lets you fill the screen with two apps or two Ulysses windows. This is particularly handy on smaller screens.

To set up for full-screen Split View, open the windows you want to display side by side. Let’s give it a try with the Ulysses editor and the export preview. To move Ulysses into full-screen 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:

Screenshot of a Mac desktop, after Ulysses has been put into split view mode. The left side of the screen shows Ulysses, the right side shows all other windows that support split view. Ulysses’ Export Preview is one of them.

Now click the export preview to open it in a second editor:

Screenshot of Ulysses running in fullscreen mode, the editor taking up the right space and the export preview taking up the right space.

If you need less space for the preview, you can adjust the window width by dragging the vertical line between the windows.

This article was last updated on October 10, 2019.

Split View

Display two Ulysses editors next to each other in Split View