Set Two Pane View in Postman | Quick & Easy in 1 minute

In this guide, I will show you how to use the two pane view in Postman. I find this to be more convenient. and to use the screen real estate better while bouncing back and forth from modifying the payload, to seeing the response of the API.

What is Postman?

Postman is a popular software tool for API development and testing. It allows you to call APIs, save those calls as templates or collections, as well as test the APIs. If you regularly work on API development and do not use Postman, I highly recommend giving it a shot now. Like right now! If you want me to write more articles about using Postman, drop a comment down below.

What is two pane view in postman?

The two-pane view mode splits the Postman interface into two distinct panels, providing developers with a comprehensive and intuitive workspace.

The left pane acts as a request builder, allowing users to input the necessary HTTP parameters, headers, and body content for API requests. It simplifies the process of constructing and modifying requests by providing a structured and easily navigable interface.

The right pane, on the other hand, displays the response received from the server, enabling developers to inspect the data returned by the API in a clear and organized manner.

This dual-pane layout streamlines the development workflow, allowing users to view and modify requests simultaneously while observing the corresponding server responses, making debugging and troubleshooting a breeze.

With the ability to view requests and responses side by side, developers can instantly observe the impact of their modifications on the API behavior. By providing a comprehensive workspace where users can effortlessly manage requests and examine responses, Postman’s two-pane view mode contributes to a more productive and streamlined API development process.

Two pane view in postman

What is single pane view in postman?

In Postman’s single pane view, the request setting and the response are stacked on top of each other. You will see the request builder on the top, followed by the API response received. As you can see in the screenshot below there is significantly less response information shown due to a lack of efficiency in using the space available.

Postman - Single Pane View

How do I switch from single pane view to two pain view?

In order to switch between single pane view to two pane view, start by navigating to the top menu. Next go to View > Toggle Two Pain View

Postman - View - Toggle Two-Pane View

Alternatively, you can switch postman two pane view by using the icon on the bottom right. It will have two rectangles. Clicking on this will switch the view.

Postman single pane view

Postman in two pane mode with options to switch to single pane view.

Postman two pane view

Postman in single pane mode with options to switch to two pane view.

Wrap up

As you can see it was easy to switch single pane to two pane view. I really prefer having it in two pane mode as I am doing my testing and development. I admire how well the screen real estate is being used and how much information I can get on a single monitor. What is your preference for Postman layout? Drop a comment below to get the conversation started.

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