Splitting your Screen by Opening a New Pane

You have two options for how to open a new Pane.

1. Shift + Click

When scrolling through your notes, you can hold shift and click on the bullet or Rem Reference of any Rem to have it open in a new pane, beside the current one you are working on.

2. Shift + Enter While Searching

You can also open new Panes while Searching.

You can open the search box with Ctrl/Cmd P, and type or scroll to find/search the Rem you want to open. You can open that Rem in a new Pane by holding Shift and then hitting Enter.

Opening More than Just Two Panes

With either of the methods described above, you can open more panes until everything you need is in view.

Changing Pane Sizes - With the Mouse

If you have two or more Panes open simultaneously, you may find that you want to make one take up less, or more, space on your screen.

You can change the relative size of the Panes by clicking and dragging on the divider between them.

Changing the Pane Sizes - With the Keyboard

You can also type commands to change the relative size of a pane while working in it. Type Ctrl + / (mac: Cmd + /) to open the command menu then type rd or ru to resize down or up respectively, lowing or raising the horizontal divider of the current pane. The commands rr or rl do the same in right or left to the vertical barrier.

Alternatively, you can assign shortcuts to these commands to make adjusting Pane sizes even faster. These do not come with shortcuts so you will have to go into settings, and then Keyboard Shortcuts to assign them. You will also be able to create other shortcuts for Pane management, such as switching between them, closing them and so forth.

Finally, there are also two plugins which can help you manage your workspace. Tabs and Window Manager, both of which you can find in the Plugins menu under settings.

Moving Panes

You can also move the Panes around within the window by clicking and dragging the top bar of the Pane. If you hold it near the edges it will offer different possible placements highlighted in blue. Find the one you want and drop the Pane there.

Workflow ideas while using Multiple Panes

1. Moving Rem

While you have two or more panes open, you can move Rem between them with a simple click and drag. Just like adjusting a Rem’s position within the linear hierarchy, except you can transfer it to an entirely new section.

You can even select multiple Rem and move them all at the same time. Simply highlight all the ones you want to move then click and drag.

This is extremely helpful when going over old notes or reorganizing your work.

2. Copying, Referencing, and Tagging, Between Panes

Working in Multi-pane allows you to use all of RemNote’s helpful note-taking features between Panes. This could save time, avoid confusion, and help you take more effective notes.

For example, you can have a Pane open and copy Rem into or out of it. Similarly, you can copy Rem as References, Tags, or Portals and paste them into another set of notes you are working on.

Copying a Rem is just Ctrl + c while Copying it as a Reference is Ctrl + Shift + r. Copying one as a tag is Ctlr + Shift + s, and as a portal is Ctrl + Shift + e (Cmd instead of Ctrl for Mac Users)

Split Screening allows you to then paste the Rem, Reference, Tag, or Portal directly onto the other set of notes you are working on.

3. Split Screen and the PDF Annotator

RemNote allows users to upload PDFs they want to work from directly into their notes. Once they do, the PDF Annotator allows you to take notes, quotes, and even copy entire sections over from the source without losing track of where they came from.

When you add a new source as a PDF it automatically opens it in a new Pane. This facilitates taking notes directly from whatever you are studying, and all the above techniques can be used to enhance the experience.

If you want to learn more about how you can use these features, check out our guide to RemNote’s PDF Annotator.

Use Case Ideas for Multiple Panes

Whether you are a student preparing for an exam, a professional in the workplace, a researcher, a content creator, or any other RemNote user, Split Screen has a lot to offer.

Here are some ideas for using Split Screen to increase efficiency and effectiveness.

As a Student

  • Keep your textbook open as a PDF while studying to save time and connect your notes to it more easily

  • Take notes while reading research papers using the PDF Annotator in Split Screen

  • Create synthesized notes after each class by turning raw notes from one Pane into organized and connected ones in another.

  • Open complex or difficult topics into new Panes while you are studying as a reminder to review or research them later

In the Workplace

  • Keep the Daily Note open in a second Pane to quickly add reminders or tasks for the day

  • Easily move or copy important information across or into and out of client folders

  • Use the PDF annotator in Split Screen to take notes on company copy or content

  • Turn raw meeting notes into actionable tasks and well-organized minutes by keeping them open in a side pane

Hopefully, these ideas will help spark some of your own now that you know how to use Split Screen in RemNote. Soon enough, you’ll forget what it was like to work in just one Pane.

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