How to Use Skype's Split View Mode in Windows 10

Open individual windows for every chat

Skype's split view mode is an alternate way to use the communication service. It helps keep your conversations organized, so you're not relying on push notifications and fumbling around with multiple contacts and chats.

Unlike the default view, which puts everything into a single window, split view mode creates a unique window for each conversation and a separate one for your contact list. When it's active, you can see each panel simultaneously. Tiling conversations this way lets you stay on top of your chats without having to click around to find new messages. Here's how to use split view in Skype for Windows 10.

Instructions in this article apply to Skype version 14 and later for Windows 10.

How to Enable Split View Mode in Skype on Windows 10

The command to enable split view is under the More menu in Skype. Here's where to find it.

  1. Enter "Skype" into Windows' search, then select Open when the results populate.

    A screenshot of Windows 10 searching for Skype
  2. Select Sign in or create, then enter your username and password in the following windows.

    Sign in or create button on Skype's sign-in screen
  3. Select the horizontal ellipsis menu in the upper right corner of your contact window; then select Enable split view mode.

    Enable split view mode in Skype's main menu
  4. To disable split view mode, select the horizontal ellipsis menu in the top right corner of your contact window, then select Disable split view mode.

    Disable split view mode in Skype main menu

How to Use Split View in Skype for Windows 10

Once you've activated split view, you have more options of how to view your Skype conversations. Here's what to do with the feature after it's on.

  1. Open existing conversations, or select a contact to start a new one.

    With split view on, each time you click a contact under the Calls section, a new window will open containing that conversation. Your contacts list will stay separate unlike the default view, which has your contacts list in the left pane while a single, selected conversation appears in the right pane.

    Existing conversation selected in Skype
  2. With each conversation in a separate window, you can move them on your desktop as you wish by dragging them around the screen.

    Separate windows for each Skype chat
  3. Click the minimize button to temporarily hide windows without closing them.

    Minimize button in Skype
  4. When windows are minimized, you can access them from the taskbar by mousing over the Skype icon and clicking the one you want to expand.

    All Skype chats in the Windows taskbar