Drag almost anything to create a new window with iPadOS New features

Now you know that you can use multiple windows of the same application on iPadOS 13, as well as on Mac. And you probably also know that it is painful to open a new window from scratch. You need to open the app, drag the Dock up at the bottom of the screen, tap the app icon again and tap the small + icon in the upper right corner.

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

How to drag anything to a new window on iPadOS

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

  • files
  • Connections
  • Locations
  • Mail addresses
  • PDFs

These are some common examples, but there are others. In fact, almost everything can be dragged into a new window. All you do is press and hold the file or link briefly and then drag it. It will become an object that can be dragged to the side of the screen. You can now drop this dragged object along the way. For example, you can drop a URL in the Notes application. (This type of operation has been available since iOS 11.)

Slide to an edge of the screen to open a window

But if you drag it to the edge of the screen, the Split View / multitasking animation will start. The application window displayed will depend on the type of item you are dragging. Then you can drop a link there to open a new Safari window. A slipped email address will open a Mail window, etc. And on my iPad, dragging a PDF attachment from an email opens a window in Readdle Application Documents.

And just like when you drag an application window in multitasking mode, you can choose how to delete the new window: in split mode or on a slide. Let’s take a look at the action.

As you can see, I first drag an email out of 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 with buggy

Everything is very smooth and easy, although receiving applications does not always open the document you use to create the window. This may be due to the fact that I am currently using an iOS 13.3 beta, but I doubt it. It is probably another bug in iOS 13. In general, it works almost perfectly with Apple apps and is random anywhere else.

In addition, you cannot drag anything from the leftmost source list in the Files application. It may not seem like much, but when you get used to this way of opening windows, it becomes a great pain.

That said, it is a great way to open windows. The best way, even, because it is so immediate and intuitive. Try it. Check out all the resources here: https://www.apple.com/in/ipados/features/

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