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

Now you know that you can use multiple windows from the same app in iPadOS 13, just like you can on Mac. And you probably also know that it’s painful to open a new window from scratch. You need to open the app, then drag the Dock up from the bottom of the screen, then tap the app icon again, then tap the little + icon at the top right.

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

How to drag anything to a new window in iPadOS

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

  • Files
  • Connections
  • locations
  • Mail Addresses
  • PDFs

These are some common examples, but there are others. In fact, almost anything 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 turn into an object that can be dragged to the side of the screen. Now, you may want to drop this dragged object along the way. For example, you can drop a URL into the Notes application. (This type of operation is available since iOS 11.)

Swipe to a screen edge 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 that appears will depend on the type of item you are dragging. So you can drop a link there to open a new Safari window. A swiped email address will open a Mail window, etc. And on my iPad, dragging a PDF attachment out of an email opens a window from 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 in a slide. Let’s take a look at it in action.

As you can see, I first drag an email from a mailbox, to open it in a new Split View window. Next, 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 don’t always open the document you use to create the window. This may be due to the fact that I am using an iOS 13.3 beta right now, but I doubt it. It probably is another bug in iOS 13. In general, it works almost perfectly with Apple’s own applications and is random everywhere else.

Also, you can’t drag anything from the leftmost source list in the Files app. It may not seem like much, but when 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’s so immediate and so intuitive. Try it. Check out full features here: