Drag almost everything to create a new window with iPadOS New functions

Now you know that you can use multiple windows of the same app in iPadOS 13, just like on Mac. And you probably also know that it is painful to open a new window all over again. You have to open the app, then drag the Dock up from the bottom of the screen, then tap the app icon again and then tap the small + top right icon.

But did you know that there is an easier way to open a new window in iPadOS? You can easily drag and drop an item to the edge of the screen to open it in a completely new split-view window. Look at this.

How to drag something to a new window in iPadOS

First here is an (incomplete) list of what you can drag to a new window in iPadOS:

  • files
  • connections
  • locations
  • Email addresses
  • PDFs

These are some common examples, but there are others. In fact, almost anything can be dragged to a new window. The only thing you do is keep the file or link pressed briefly and then drag. It becomes an object that can be dragged to the side of the screen. You may want to drop this dragged object on the way. For example, you can drop a URL in the Notes application. (This type of editing has been available since iOS 11.)

Swipe to a screen border to open a window

But if you drag it to the edge of the screen, the Split View/multitasking animation starts. The application window that appears depends on the type of item that you are dragging. So you can put a link there to open a new Safari window. A swept e-mail address opens an e-mail window, etc. And on my iPad, a PDF attachment from an e-mail opens a window of Read application documents.

And just like when you drag an application window in multitasking mode, you can choose how to remove the new window: in split mode or in a slide. Let’s see it in action.

As you can see, I first drag an e-mail from a mailbox to open it in a new split-view window. Then I drag the PDF attachment from this email to another new window, which opens Documents.

Still buggy

Everything is very smooth and easy, although receiving applications does not always open the document that you use to create the window. This may be due to the fact that I am now using a beta version of iOS 13.3, but I doubt it. It is probably another error in iOS 13. In general, it works almost perfectly with Apple’s own applications and is random everywhere.

You can also not drag anything from the most source list into the Files app. It may not seem like much, but if you get used to this way of opening windows, it becomes a huge pain.

That said, it’s a great way to open windows. The best way even, because it is so direct and so intuitive. Try it. View all functions here: https://www.apple.com/in/ipados/features/

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