When a user is using a touch-enabled electronic device, the user may desire to split a viewing area on a screen quickly to accommodate a second viewing area without having to navigate back to a root menu on a user interface. The user places two points of contact in proximity to each other in the viewing area the user would like to split and then moves the points of contact linearly away from each other. This gesture indicates to the electronic device that the user desires to split the screen. Depending on the orientation of the gesture, the original viewing area divides horizontally or vertically to allow a second viewing area to be displayed. The split-screen process can be repeated to further split one or more viewing areas or it can be reversed with the gesture performed in reverse.
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Bayliss, Leon, "Method for Enabling Split-Screen Gaming from a Touch-Enabled Device", Technical Disclosure Commons, (August 28, 2019)