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If you move an area to match up with another area, the get "locked" and I can't figure out how to separate them without joining and splitting a new area.

You can see that at the beginning the areas are separate, but at the end they are locked:

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  • $\begingroup$ It seems to be made as intended. I don't think it is useful in most cases, either. Good question. I'm also waiting for a possible answer. :} $\endgroup$ – Leon Cheung Dec 19 '13 at 6:06
  • $\begingroup$ @LeonCheung It is useful for joining areas that don't share a complete edge, however it's really annoying when they get locked by accident and I have to redo my layout.. $\endgroup$ – gandalf3 Dec 19 '13 at 6:50
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For easy understanding, let's just call the areas in your image as "Left" and "Right"; and "Middle" for the new split area:


A Three-click Way:

  1. Right Click on the border of the right area;
  2. Choose "Split Area", move the mouse to the area you want to split;
  3. Click and drag on the little triangle at the upper-right corner of the left area towards the middle area, to join them as a new one. Release the mouse button.

As shown below:

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A Two-Click Way:

  1. Click and drag on the little triangle at the upper-right corner of the left area;
  2. Click and drag on the little triangle at the upper-right corner of the middle area towards to the right area, then turn back to left. Release the mouse button.

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  • $\begingroup$ Good answer, Leon. Glad to know there is a way to un-stick it, but there really ought to be a "Separate" or "Unlock" option in the Area Options contextual menu when you right click on a four-window intersection. I think a right-click is the first thing people try when they get stuck like this. If any devs are reading this, please consider adding it. :-) $\endgroup$ – Mentalist Nov 9 '15 at 0:27
  • $\begingroup$ I think there are already a UI refactor project going out there. Let's pray to see that soon. :) $\endgroup$ – Leon Cheung Nov 9 '15 at 1:18

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