Boost your efficiency with Affinity’s Separated Mode

Separated Mode is a feature of Affinity apps on macOS that splits the major interface elements into discrete windows, allowing larger workspace customisation and making some jobs easier.

In regular mode, the Tools panel and studio panels may be organised as you need, also across multiple screens, but the main application window always exists and contains the Toolbar, context toolbar and tabs to your open documents.

All the window is dispensed with by separated Mode. The circumstance and Toolbar toolbar become one window, and each file has its own window also.

One way is with just two screens arranged. For example, a MacBook with an outside display standing over it, or an iMac with its desktop stretched onto an iPad attached with Sidecar. The larger display might be devoted to toolbars and panels to the lower one and documents, with the toolbars positioned for fast access at the adjoining edge.

On the lower display inside we this Affinity Publisher setup & rsquo; the panels that were used split apart, such as Paragraph and Character, to save us glued between them.

Separated Mode can improve how tasks are performed by you . Two documents, or 2 views of the same document by selecting View > New View, may be arranged side by side–to compare them to copy and paste between them, say. In regular mode, this would necessitate switching forth and back between tabs.

In Affinity Publisher, this allows you to maintain a portion of your document visible for reference. Subeditors may find this valuable.

The Affinity Photo example below demonstrates Separated Mode can enhance working with embedded documents. An embedded document is contained by our document with a Perspective filter.

On our display, we’re editing the embedded file in its regular view. The changes we make there are revealed live in the last composition on our left-hand display.

Separated Mode lets you edit an embedded file in one window (right) and see that the effect left live on your overall composition (left).

Got three screens? Try place panels and toolbars this on the very first to get close-up editing on the next .

An example three-display arrangement, as defined in System Preferences’ Shows pane (bottom left), showing two different document views on different screens, and toolbars and panels onto a third display.

This hides windows and the menu bar & rsquo; name bars. Move the pointer to the screen & rsquo; s edge to reveal them when you need these elements.

Can’t input or depart Separated Mode?

Now try leaving Separated Mode.

Split the perspective without entering full-screen manner

To split the background between documents but retain them as floating windows, hold select and double-click any corner of a single window, then repeat for the moment. The desktop will be filled by both . Now drag one window’s left edge and rsquo & the other; s edge towards the centre of the desktop computer to split the display between them.

Too many document windows? Pick Window > Merge All Windows. To merge some windows, drag one & rsquo; s name bar over a second & rsquo; s until the window that is latter turns blue, then let’s go.

This suggestion is also helpful in normal manner if you prefer to relocate the Programs panel to a secondary display (using View > Dock Tools).

With the Tools panel in a window onto a secondary display, consider rearranging its icons to store having to move the pointer as far to achieve the tools.

The example arrangement above shows (on the left) how you might organise tools in rows by work using the separator, that is the last icon in the available set (right). We’ve added discrete icons for our most-used shapes to save on the default option to get them.

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