Using Split View mode on a single monitor or with multiple monitors | Revu 2017 & below


Bluebeam Revu is designed for viewing multiple large format drawings easily and efficiently. Revu contains many intuitive features that allow you to easily zoom, pan and view multiple pages of your PDF file. A popular viewing feature within Revu is Split View. Split View can be used on a single monitor or with multiple monitors, and allows you to split your main workspace screen so that you can work with multiple documents at the same time. In fact, you have the option of viewing sixteen files at once or sixteen areas of the same PDF.

How to Split and Unsplit the view

You can access the Split View options in Revu from four different places: clicking Window in the command bar, the Navigation bar, through keyboard shortcuts and by right-clicking on a document tab. You have the ability to split views both vertically and horizontally.

Window on the Command Bar
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Keyboard shortcuts

  • Split Vertical split-horizontally: Ctrl+2. Splits the screen vertically.
  • Split Horizontal split-vertically: Ctrl+H. Splits the screen horizontally.
  • Unsplit split-delete: Ctrl+Shift+2. Closes or unsplits the screen.
  • Toggle toggle-32x32: Ctrl+I. Toggles between Split Vertical and Split Vertical.
  • Switch switch-32x32: Ctr+1. Switches or moves a document between splits.
  • Balance balance-32x32: Shift+F12

Navigation Bar
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Opening documents and moving them to another split

Once your Split View preference has been selected, you can resize the screen of a split by clicking on and dragging the divider bar to the desired location. To return the Split View to equally sized splits, select Balance from the Window menu.
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Once you have selected your preferred Split View, you can then choose which file you want to display in each split. To do this, just open a PDF file as you normally would. Upon opening, the PDF may display in the wrong split, but that can easily be remedied by clicking on the document tab and dragging it to the desired split screen.

Document tabs are located at the top of the Revu window between the toolbars and the main PDF workspace. A tab will display for each document that is open in Revu. Tabs make it easy to quickly switch between open files.

In the images below, the Ceiling tab has been moved from the left split to the right split by clicking and dragging:
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You can also split the screen by right-clicking on a document tab, and selecting Split Vertical split-horizontally Ctrl+2 or Split Horizontal split-vertically Ctrl+H. This will split the view and copy the selected tab to the new split:
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Turning Synchronize Views on and off

Synchronize Views synchronize-views allows you to pan and zoom the splits in unison. This is useful for comparing two different PDF files. You only have to pan, zoom or change pages within one of the splits and the other split will automatically perform the same function.

Syncing the views can be enabled by clicking Settings revu-icon-26x26 > Synchronize Views synchronize-views or by clicking the Sync button in the Status Bar at the very bottom of the Revu window. The Sync button in the Status Bar will highlight blue when Sync is enabled. If the Status Bar isn’t displayed on your screen, press F8.
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Watch a video demo showing how to use Split View and Synchronize Views in Revu .

You can find even more information on how to use MultiView — including the Sync feature, moving documents across splits, and MultiView Extendedin the Revu Help.

If you are a Revu Mac user please refer to the Revu Mac FAQ’s and Help Guide.



Bluebeam Revu is designed for viewing multiple large format drawings easily and efficiently. Revu contains many intuitive features that allow you to easily zoom, pan and view multiple pages of your PDF file. A popular viewing feature within Revu is Split View. Split View can be used on a single monitor or with multiple monitors, and allows you to split your main workspace screen so that you can work with multiple documents at the same time. In fact, you have the option of viewing sixteen files at once or sixteen areas of the same PDF.
How to Split and Unsplit the view
You can access the Split View options in Revu from four different places: clicking Window in the command bar, the Navigation bar, through keyboard shortcuts and by right-clicking on a document tab. You have the ability to split views both vertically and horizontally.

Window on the Command Bar

Keyboard shortcuts

Split Vertical : Ctrl+2. Splits the screen vertically.
Split Horizontal : Ctrl+H. Splits the screen hori

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