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Multiple Monitor - Different Behavior on Each Monitor

  1. #11


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    DGalt,

    Here's another option to help with having an adjustable sizes Start screen show on your desktop to also have the taskbar show on it as well. If you have Start Menu Modifier set to run at startup in step 3, that should do the trick.

    I think this will be the best option.

    Start Screen - Add Taskbar or Dock on Desktop in Windows 8

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  2. #12


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    Quote Originally Posted by DGalt View Post
    haha that's my fault, I originally had it as Win8 (when I read your post I realized I hadn't been clear and changed it)
    Ah, thank you for telling me that, I was thinking I had a senior's moment or something.
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  3. #13


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    Quote Originally Posted by DGalt View Post
    Yeah I mean, I could just not use the metro UI at all, which I understand, especially since most of the programs I use have desktop versions. But I actually like the apps in a number of cases and am a fan of the metro ui / start screen overall. Some of their decisions are just a bit odd / frustrating (like clumping start-up and closing an app into the same group - why not, if you close an app, have the screen default to the last state it was in. Or even do that on start-up, so that all you'd have to do is set each screen to what you want and then it would just always go back to that...I don't know)
    I'm hoping what you want gets added in 8.3 or 9.0. I'd like to see Metro Apps remember what screen and what window size they were when last used/closed. It doesn't matter how many times I reboot/shut down, Outlook always opens on my 3rd monitor. If I launch a Metro App it launches full screen on what ever screen you launched it from. Then I have to resize and or move it.
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  4. #14


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    Windows 8.1


    Exactly. I really want to use the metro UI, but I need to use my desktop. Being thrown to one or the other unexpectedly is rather annoying. I don't understand why maintaining focus at the very least isn't already enabled.

    @ Brink - so, playing with what you suggested, the problem is that setting my second monitor as the primary is that if I do anything on my main monitor (which is set as the secondary), such as needing to install a program or clicking on the notification area, the "main" monitor gets pulled down to the desktop. Rather annoying...really don't understand MS's thinking on this one. If you have any suggestions for a workaround for that I'm all ears, otherwise I think I'm just going to have to settle with how this works by default
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  5. #15


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    Well, it was worth a try. It would be nice to have that option.
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  6. #16


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    Windows 8.1


    In your tutorial you talk about creating a Start screen shortcut that can then be put in the startup folder. Do you know of a way to do the same thing, but with a shortcut for the desktop? (since the desktop itself kinda works like an app)
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  7. #17


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    In 8.1 if you right click the taskbar and go to properties, under the navigation tab there is an option to boot to the desktop instead of Metro.
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  8. #18


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    Windows 8.1


    yes, but i'm trying to separate booting to the desktop and going to the desktop when you close an app. one of the start menu replacement programs let's me do this though so no need for what i was thinking
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  9. #19


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    DGalt,

    The "Show Desktop" shortcut in the tutorial below will open the desktop. Doing this would most likely only boot to your Start screen, have a few seconds delay, then the desktop shortcut will run, and all displays will be on the desktop.

    Show Desktop Shortcut - Create - Windows 7 Help Forums
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  10. #20


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    Windows 8.1


    yeah I came across this last night...does exactly that.
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