If you have a wide screen monitor then you may want to make better use of Internet Explorer’s browser window area. Now you can split the browser window into dual-panes as needed with the IE Split browser plugin.

Note: Requires .NET Framework 2.0 or higher (link provided below).

IE Split in Action

If you are using an older version of this software here is something to keep in mind before upgrading to the 2.0 release.

Once you have installed IE Split you will notice a new toolbar added to your browser. As seen here, you can condense it down tightly and access it using the drop-down bar.

A closer look at the drop-down bar. Notice the address bar…this will be for the left pane when you split the browser window.


Here is our browser split into dual-panes. There are two address bars and two tab/title bars each corresponding to their appropriate pane. It may look slightly backwards at first but is not hard to get used to.

A better view of the left pane with the IE Split navigation & title bars showing.

Note: The title bar can be hidden if desired.

And the right pane.

You can also have multiple “split” tabs open if needed. There is nothing quite like getting double the value for the same amount of space.

When you no longer need dual-panes open just click on the “x” to close IE Split down.

All back to normal again.


While might not be for everyone this can still be useful for those who need side-by-side access to websites without using multiple separate windows.


Download IE-Split

Download the Microsoft .NET Framework 4 (Standalone Installer)

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