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Split Internet Explorer into Dual-Panes

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)

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 06/3/10

Comments (5)

  1. Matthew Guay

    Very cool … especially since you could keep a webapp open on one side and a page you’re reading for research on the other.

  2. Asian Angel

    @Matthew Guay – Definitely. ^__^

  3. V K Mahajan

    I have Windows Seven Ultimate & Office 20007 Professional. I have recently Migrated to Windows Seven. Outlook 2007 s my Default email Client ( I do not have any other email Client).

    In out look 2007 I have four POP 3 email identies including gmail is my deafut Email.

    When ever I right click on a Picture and click send it to email client, Window opens up to resize the photograph & then says to Google I click OK, nothing happens. I have contacted Microsoft India through email but it seems they have no answer to my problem. I had no such problem in Windows Vista or XP.

    I have read huge data base with te help od google but there seems to be no answer to my problem. Could anyone help Please. Mahajan

  4. Kyler IE Team

    Great post! This would be a great feature for our IE twitter page:

    IE Outreach

  5. primate

    How do I get RID of the left navigation pane in image search? Since the middle of May ’11 all my browsers now have an unecessary nav pane on the left side of image search, and no individual pages. It’s all one big scrolling run that’s become really annoying. Google Chrome is the only browser that has an option to temporarily revert back to the original display style, but Internet Explorer & Firefox don’t. The nav pane takes up too much space on the page and I want to know how to get rid of it. All the help I’ve read on the internet say it needs to be fixed in registry edit, but that seems ridiculously complicated for what should amount to a simple “view preferences” fix.

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