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Metro across Multiple Displays?

  1. #1


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8

    Metro across Multiple Displays?


    Hi all,

    I have searched Google for a definitive answer with no joy, if anyone could help us out?

    So i have 3 monitors attached to the PC and I would like 2 of the to display metro and the 3 just for normal desktop, is this possible? Also, is is possible to make it so Metro doesn't hide when i interact with a desktop application?

    Thanks for you time

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  2. #2


    Posts : 1,925
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Metro can only be on one monitor. You can drag it to any monitor you want, but it's just one.

    Metro shouldn't hid if you're using an app on a different monitor.
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  3. #3


    I have 3 x 27" monitors set up so that metro is displayed on the 1st monitor and then the other 2 display the extended desktop with the wall paper spanned across all 3 when metro isn't displayed, the 1st monitor then has my normal desktop icons if metro is minimised (is that the right word?)
    I haven't been able to get metro start to spread over 2 monitors which is what I think you want.
    The problem I have is that sometimes metro decides to open up on one of the other monitors also if the metro start screen is on the 1st monitor and I click into one of the other monitors the metro screen goes blank or it minimises its self.
    will keep playing today and come back with hopefully an answer.
    Regards

    Aquatarkus
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  4. #4


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8


    Hi Mystere,

    Thanks foe the response. Yeah when ever i click focus on another monitor metro pops away, so say im watching netflix or something, i cant do anything else on another monitor. very annoying!
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  5. #5


    Quote Originally Posted by Mystere View Post
    Metro can only be on one monitor. You can drag it to any monitor you want, but it's just one.

    Metro shouldn't hid if you're using an app on a different monitor.
    Hi Mystere
    It does on mine, if I drag an app to one of the other monitors start closes (minimises) if I then go back to start the app switches to the screen with metro start on it (1st monitor) there doesn't appear to be away to lock the app on to my chosen screen.

    Regards

    Aquatarkus
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  6. #6


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8


    So how do you change what screen metro displays on then?
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  7. #7


    Posts : 1,925
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    I think you are confusing the Start screen with Metro. The start screen, like the old Start menu, will always hide after you have selected something. That's what it's designed to do.

    The metro apps themselves should stay on the screen if you move to a different monitor. On my 3 systems that have Windows 8, this is the case. For example, i'm watching a movie in Netflix right now while i'm typing this on a different screen. I've never seen metro apps hide unless you do something like use alt-tab to switch to the desktop (which is actually the Metro desktop app, not the actual desktop, which is why the currently on top metro window goes away).

    Quote Originally Posted by CraftyPanda View Post
    So how do you change what screen metro displays on then?
    You move metro by grabbing a window at the top and dragging it to another screen, or by WindowsKey-PageUp/PageDn
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  8. #8


    Hi Mystere

    I can understand that the start screen will hide when after I have selected something, but surely it should minimise so I see the desktop no one great big grey 27" block (see image)
    Click image for larger version

    I am running a Radeon HD6770 card, 2 x monitors connected by HDMI and the 3rd monitor connected via an active display port adaptor to DVI. I haven't installed the catalyst control centre or the Radeon drivers as Windows seems to have installed them version 8.982.8000 dated 03/10/2012 supplied by AMD.

    Regards
    Aquatarkus
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  9. #9


    Posts : 1,925
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    That "grey block" is the Metro interface. As I said, the start screen is different from the Metro interface. The start screen goes away when it loses focus, the Metro screen does not.

    The metro screen does not "Minimize" because the Metro screen is the root interface on that monitor. In effect, that *IS* minimized, because everything else is hidden. (the other monitors do not have Metro on them, so you see the desktop).

    When you click on the Desktop tile in the start menu, it starts the Desktop Metro app, which is basically a little viewer that allows you to "see" a virtual desktop. Don't be fooled though, this is an app running in Metro, and as such can be minimized. And when all apps are minimized, you see that grey screen. If you want to prove it to yourself, just click on the desktop tile and then "grab" it at the top and close it just like any other metro app.

    BTW, the color changes depending the color screen you've selected for the Start Menu.

    Short answer, just click on the Desktop tile in the start menu and you will have a desktop across all three screens.
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  10. #10


    Hi Mystere
    Thanks for the explanation, starting to get to grips with win8 now. what I don't understand is that some times the grey block (metro interface) does minimise and the desk top appears, other times it just stays as my screen shot.

    Will keep playing and get used to the metro interface but I can see myself installing something like classic shell or start 8 in the long run.
    Impressed with the speed of Win8 over the RC / public preview I was running on spare PC, wife still hates it on her laptop though.

    Regards

    Aquatarkus
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