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  1. #1


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    windows 8 pro

    Managing Windows


    I upgraded to Windows 8 from XP a week ago and have not found the differences too difficult.

    However, I have fiddling about for hours trying to find a way to have more than one window to view.

    What I am trying to do is view my electric/gas & at same time I have my excel spreadsheet open on top, so I can input figures. In XP I was able to to do this.

    In Windows 8, I seem to be permanently in full screen view & keep losing previous windows and I do not have tabs in the task bar or anything else to say what is open. Have I missed some setting?

    I am sure I have missed something obvious and hope someone can point me direction of controlling the windows.

    Thank you

    Hexie

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  2. #2


    Gold Coast (Australia)
    Posts : 702
    Windows 8.1 x64


    If I understand what you mean, grab the page from the top, hold it and move it to one side of the screen, itll split the screen. Is that what you're after? Make sure you have both apps maximized first so it shares
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  3. #3


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Drag them smaller & put them side by side or one over the other.

    Click image for larger version
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  4. #4


    Gold Coast (Australia)
    Posts : 702
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Yeah like that ^
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  5. #5


    Or use modernmix. Does it all! Very cheap.
    https://www.stardock.com/products/modernmix/
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  6. #6


    Gold Coast (Australia)
    Posts : 702
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by davehc View Post
    Or use modernmix. Does it all! Very cheap.
    https://www.stardock.com/products/modernmix/
    Isn't Spring update allowing for apps on desktop Dave? Or did I read wrong?
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  7. #7


    Central IL
    Posts : 3,468
    Linux Mint 17.2


    Yes it is anspants. But we do not know how it will be compared to Modern Mix. As for the OP, it sounds like they are working in the Metro window, not actually in the desktop.
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  8. #8


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Update 1 will let you pin Metro apps to the taskbar. You also get a taskbar under open Metro Apps. It auto hides though so you have to mouse down to see it. I'm guessing the OP may be in the modern version of IE and that's causing some confusion. hexie press and hold the Alt key and then press the Tab key and see if that helps with selecting what you want open on screen.

    I can snap a Metro App and a desktop program on the same screen but I'm not sure it you need update 1 to do that. It's not something I do very often, if at all. I usually dedicate one of my 3 monitors just to Metro Apps.
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  9. #9


    Posts : 8
    windows 8 pro


    Hi All,

    Thank you for all the tips I have grasped the general concept now.

    What confused me was that I downloaded my gas/electric bill in pdf form & this was opened by a program named Reader which came with Windows 8. When the pdf opened with that you can view but it will not let you grab it, change size , move it other than from max full screen to tiny - too small to read.

    I have not yet installed Adobe or indeed any programs other than Norton Internet Security as I am pondering on whether to do the upgrade to 8.1 and will wait and see what 8.1 update 1 brings in a couple of weeks.

    I can move some other windows about & re-size etc. as you suggest but this Reader program has a will of it's own.

    Thanks for the guidance, much appreciated.

    Hexie
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  10. #10


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Reader is a Metro App, it runs full screen or in snap mode. In snap mode it will be just split screen vertically to 1/3 or 1/2 the screen. You can't resize metro Apps like you can desktop programs. Not yet anyway. The alternative is to install the free Adobe Reader and set it as the default program for PDF files. Once opened in that you can resize the window the way you want.
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