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Windows 8.1 Dual Monitor issues/questions

  1. #1


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    Windows 8.1 Dual Monitor issues/questions


    So I have a few issues with my Dual Monitors with Windows 8.1.

    Drivers are all up to date, it's two ASUS Monitors, and I have some odd quirks I want to fix.

    1) When I press the Start button to get to the Live Tiles, If I do it on one monitor, and then try to do it on the other, it switched the start screen with the tiles to the other monitor. I want to be able to have the start screen and live tiles open on both screens. It was working fine, and then it stopped all of a sudden.

    2) Is there any way I can make certain programs load to certain screens? As I stated with the above issue. If I have IE on the right screen, and then open start screen on the left screen, and then try to open start screen on the right screen, it moves IE to the left and puts the left back to my desktop.

    3) I know I could search for it, but I figured I'd ask for a simple response while I'm typing this, how can I set it up so that both of my desktops have different backgrounds?

    4) When I put my cursor into the top right side of either my left or right monitor, the charms show up, and the same if I put my cursor in the top left on either monitor it shows what apps are running, is there any way to make it so the charms only show on the right monitor and the apps only show on the left? So I can go either all the way to the left or all the way to the right, I find sometimes I accidentally hit the charms when trying to go to my right monitor and it won't let me, it's annoying

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    Welcome to Windows EightForums, Airhoodz.

    There may be others I’m sure, but I know member alphanumeric is one king of multi-monitors. I don’t see him on at the present moment. You may want to leave him a message with a link to your thread here.

    View Profile: alphanumeric - Windows 8 Forums

    In the mean time I found this via WinKey/Q.

    Connect a second monitor or projector - Microsoft Windows Help
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    No.1 The Start Menu itself will only display on one screenr at a time. I've never seen it simultaneously display on more than one screenr, ever. In Windows 8.1 you can open and run Metro Apps on more than one screen at a time so you could have a Metro App open on one screen and open the Metro Start Screen on another. However you can't do that in Windows 8.0, its one monitor only at any one time. To actually get the Start Menu to span across multiple displays you would have to be running an Eyefinity type setup where windows thinks its just one big screen.

    EDIT: For clarification. Answer No.1 assumes the monitors are in extend mode. If you put them in Duplicate the Start Menu would display on both but it would not be two separate instances and not very useful.

    No.2 Desktop programs will remember what monitor they were last used on and what window size they were closed at. Metro Apps won't. They open full screen on the monitor you launch them on. I really hope they fix that.

    No.3 No not that I am aware off. The hot corners work on each monitor. To get what you want you'd need an Eyefinity type setup.
    Last edited by alphanumeric; 01 Apr 2014 at 17:26.
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    Windows 8.1


    @alphanumeric cool, maybe it was a bug from first installing, I tried at work and opening start on both didn't work. Must have been a bug. Thanks for the info, working as intended I guess
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    I've never seen or herd of anybody being able to launch two instances of the Start Menu simultaneously. If your monitors were in duplicate instead of extend it will show on both. Everything you do on one monitor will just mirror to the other, including your mouse cursor. That would be my guess.
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    win8.1.1 enterprise


    just new at using 2 monitors , set at extend these displays
    #2- this dose not happen to me ,I can only have the start open on one monitor, but it does not move IE from the right monitor when I try to open start on the right monitor ,it just leaves ie there too and I can switch back and forth from start to IE in the top left of the right monitor .I cant have the start at half screen it seems
    image is with desktop and 3 apps open at once
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Yeah, you can't snap or resize the Start menu, its full screen only. You can move it from screen to screen without any other open windows or apps moving. They may minimize but they stay on the screen they were launched on. Unless you manually move them that is. The size of the monitor determines how many Apps can be snapped side by side. I can snap 2 on my 1280x1024 monitors and 3 on my 1920x1080 monitor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Yeah, you can't snap or resize the Start menu, its full screen only. You can move it from screen to screen without any other open windows or apps moving. They may minimize but they stay on the screen they were launched on. Unless you manually move them that is. The size of the monitor determines how many Apps can be snapped side by side. I can snap 2 on my 1280x1024 monitors and 3 on my 1920x1080 monitor.
    thanks good to know ,
    off topic-how about the snow storm last night, still cant get out to work ,our road not plowed yet
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    I just finished blowing the snow out of the driveway, still don't know if I can get the car out, lots of snow under it. It took me hours even with the snow blower. There is some I will have to shovel, my deck and front steps etc. I'm not looking forward to that as I have a bad back. The snow blower doesn't like that slushy icy stuff much. My street was plowed but its a step hill so its always a challenge getting in and out of the driveway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    I just finished blowing the snow out of the driveway, still don't know if I can get the car out, lots of snow under it. It took me hours even with the snow blower. There is some I will have to shovel, my deck and front steps etc. I'm not looking forward to that as I have a bad back. The snow blower doesn't like that slushy icy stuff much. My street was plowed but its a step hill so its always a challenge getting in and out of the driveway.
    radio just said 32cm since midnight last night ,after snowing most of the day yesterday ,the big plow went through here last night and had a hard time ,I live on dirt country road so when its like this we get plowed last .maybe the next day sometimes
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