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Why use 3rd party Menus - much more flexible way (W8/8.1)

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    Metro can be run concurrently on more than one monitor at a time in Windows 8.1. It may not be desirable but its doable. Just saying.
    Really, I'd be interested in how that works......

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  2. #12


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    - Metro is totally inappropriate if you need several windows open at the same time -
    Metro can be run concurrently on more than one monitor at a time in Windows 8.1. It may not be desirable but its doable. Just saying.
    .
    Maybe , not everyone can afford extra monitors to multi-task Metro Apps. Or maybe wouldn't want to. There are times I have 10+ windows open at the same time. The purchase cost and monthly electric cost for 10 monitors is out of reach and the extra tax on my house wiring could cause a fire.

    When internet access is not available , Metro programs are unavailable too. I do use Metro for secure banking , bill paying and shopping but that's about it.
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  3. #13


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Sorry, I HAVE to have a full Start Menu with all of the Shortcuts to every program on my system.
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  4. #14


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by bassfisher6522 View Post
    Metro can be run concurrently on more than one monitor at a time in Windows 8.1. It may not be desirable but its doable. Just saying.
    Really, I'd be interested in how that works......
    When you open a second metro app you can drag it over to a second display. You can do split screen too and have 4 apps on screen with two monitors. I've done it just to confirm it works but to be honest I rarely have more than one Metro App open on screen at a time.
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  5. #15


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Quote Originally Posted by pcRat View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    - Metro is totally inappropriate if you need several windows open at the same time -
    Metro can be run concurrently on more than one monitor at a time in Windows 8.1. It may not be desirable but its doable. Just saying.
    .
    Maybe , not everyone can afford extra monitors to multi-task Metro Apps. Or maybe wouldn't want to. There are times I have 10+ windows open at the same time. The purchase cost and monthly electric cost for 10 monitors is out of reach and the extra tax on my house wiring could cause a fire.

    When internet access is not available , Metro programs are unavailable too. I do use Metro for secure banking , bill paying and shopping but that's about it.
    Like I said, its doable but may not be desirable. I was just pointing out that Metro isn't full screen only one screen only anymore. I can display 4 metro apps in split screen on my two desktop monitors. maybe more? I only went as far as four.
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  6. #16


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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    When you open a second metro app you can drag it over to a second display. You can do split screen too and have 4 apps on screen with two monitors. I've done it just to confirm it works but to be honest I rarely have more than one Metro App open on screen at a time.
    Yep, I typically have Skype open in a tiny fraction of my right monitor (I have 3 monitors) and I have the weather app open in a tiny fraction on my left monitor. I have the mail app open in half of remaining area on the right, and desktop in the rest, and I have outlook (desktop version) open on the desktop area on the left.

    So I have 3 apps open on right monitor, 2 of them metro, one the desktop itself, which has Fences for various documents I use daily. On the left I have Weather and Outlook, my main screen is either a browser, or Visual Studio, or whatever...
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  7. #17


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mystere View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    When you open a second metro app you can drag it over to a second display. You can do split screen too and have 4 apps on screen with two monitors. I've done it just to confirm it works but to be honest I rarely have more than one Metro App open on screen at a time.
    Yep, I typically have Skype open in a tiny fraction of my right monitor (I have 3 monitors) and I have the weather app open in a tiny fraction on my left monitor. I have the mail app open in half of remaining area on the right, and desktop in the rest, and I have outlook (desktop version) open on the desktop area on the left.

    So I have 3 apps open on right monitor, 2 of them metro, one the desktop itself, which has Fences for various documents I use daily. On the left I have Weather and Outlook, my main screen is either a browser, or Visual Studio, or whatever...
    I usually have outlook (desktop version) open full screen on my second monitor and IE (desktop version) open full screen on my main monitor. I'll have slacker radio running but not on screen. I let the weather app run as a live tile full size, extra large I guess in 8.1. I have one of my trackball keys programed to be the Windows key. I'll just have a peak at the Start Screen now and then to see what the weathers doing. If I had a third monitor I would be doing something like what your doing. I actually have a third monitor I just need a video card upgrade to make use of it. I have some other upgrades to do first though. Eventually though I hope to be in three monitor heaven.
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  8. #18


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    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    If I had a third monitor I would be doing something like what your doing. I actually have a third monitor I just need a video card upgrade to make use of it. I have some other upgrades to do first though. Eventually though I hope to be in three monitor heaven.
    Yeah, the video card was the stumbler. I got a nice NVidia GTX 650 with 2 DVI and HDMI output, and it works great. Then I upgraded to a motherboard with Thunderbolt, so I could have done Displayport.. lol.. I think right now I can support 6 monitors.
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  9. #19


    @ alphanumeric and Mystere

    Hotkeys in 8.1 for snapping are WinKey/Arrows. I believe there are hotkeys for monitor focus and of course app focus. Within the multi-monitor scenario, if one wants to rearrange apps to different screens, are there hotkeys to perform that?

    @ Mystere

    What do you mean by "tiny fraction"? I can snap [ 1/2 ][ 1/2 ] or [1/3][ 2/3 ]. I'm guessing all this depends on screen size and resolution?
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  10. #20


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    I have a GT 640, two DVI and one HDMI, I don't know if it will do 3 monitors. My monitors are all VGA/DVI so I haven't bothered to try connecting all three. I only just recently bought it so I haven't done much other than swapping it in. My current motherboard only has the one PCIe port. It was a budget system so what can I say.
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