Splitting your screen - the aim here is to have your laptop screen split in two. One chrome tab on one side (with the Meet running) and another tab on the other side with the content you are presenting.
Begin by opening two or more windows that you want to be paired in a split-screen layout. You can click, hold and drag a Chrome tab to separate that window from the others. Pick your first window and look in its upper left corner to find three coloured dots: Red, yellow and green. These control the window. If you hover the cursor over the green dot, it presents two small “expand” arrows. Hold down on this green dot and a list of options appears: Enter Full Screen, Tile Window to Left of Screen and Tile Window to Right of Screen. Select either the second or third option and the window will fill that portion of your display. One half of your Split View is done. Select the other window that you want to use in Split View mode and it will expand to fill the void, completing the Split View experience.
Choose the window you want to snap to one half of the screen, then drag it to the edge. A translucent outline of where it will snap to will appear. If you’re happy with it, let go and your window will be snapped into place. Alternatively, press the Windows key and the left or right arrow key to snap the last selected window to one side of the screen. If you have other windows or applications open, when you snap your chosen window you’ll be presented with a number of options for what to fill the other half of the screen with. Click on one, and it will automatically snap into place opposite the other window.
Two screens →
It is possible to take advantage of two screens and to extend your desktop - having one window on one screen and another window on the other. In a classroom, using a school provided laptop, you could have the Meet on the large interactive screen and the window you are presenting on the laptop screen.
To see what you are presenting as well as all the participants
Use the chat for sharing links to documents or Meets being used for breakout rooms.
The contents of the chat are lost when you, as the host leaves, the Meet.
A participant will not see items that were added to the chat before they joined the Meet.
'Host controls' allows you to manage who can share their screen and send chat messages.
'Quick access' within 'Host controls' when turned off anyone who isn't invited must ask to join, including people in your organisation. 'Quick access' is on by default.
Going to the three dots in the bottom right hand corner allows you to choose 'Turn on background blur' - this will blur the background behind you in your webcam.
Notes and recommendations
Click on a link to an existing Meet (for example - from the spreadsheet of Teacher Google Meets).
Click on a link in a calendar invite.
Go to meet.google.com to start a new meet.
You are the 'host' if you created the original Meet or own the calendar that created one.
To present to the participants of the Meet
Click on the three dots in the bottom right hand corner of the screen → Change layout → Tiled → Set the maximum tiles to display as high as you want (this needs to be redone for every meeting and seems to default to 16).
Move your cursor to the small preview of your webcam output in the top right hand corner of the screen. Click on the button that looks like four squares with one shared in to add your webcam to the tiled display. You can only do this once somebody has joined the Meet.
To open a Google Meet
To see what your webcam is sharing as part of the Tiled layout
Click on 'Present now' in the bottom bar in Meet. The 'A Chrome tab' is the best choice for most use cases. It will present you with a list of your tabs that you can choose to share. Have what you expect to present ready as separate tabs in Chrome. before you start.
To see all the participants in the Meet (up to 49)