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Desktop Tile Across Multiple Monitors

  1. #1


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    Windows 7

    Desktop Tile Across Multiple Monitors


    Currently, I run Windows 7 Pro on dual 24" monitors, and life is good.

    In Win 8, if I open the desktop tile, I presume that the default action is to open the full-screen desktop app on just 1 of the 2 monitors. I'm guessing that the "Start" screen remains on the 2nd monitor.

    Can I have the desktop app open, full screen, across both monitors? Can I have icons for my so-called legacy programs littered across both monitors like I have them on the Win 7 desktop? Just to clarify, I am NOT asking about having the background wallpaper extend across both monitors. I want the actual desktop application to extend across both monitors.

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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Yes, you can have the Desktop on both screens with the Taskbar on both where you can either pin certain things on each monitor or just the the Taskbar for separating windows on each screen. You can also have the Start Screen on one and Desktop on the other.

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    Server 2012 / 8.0


    I get the taskbar thing but..

    ...that last item would be awesome if possible.
    I do not know.

    If one can only extend or duplicate screens,

    How is it possible to run Win32 on one screen
    and WinRT on the other?
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    I believe you should be able to open the Start Screen on either monitor by pulling up the Charms bar or hitting the Start tile. Once there, you should be able to open an app up on that screen and continue on the Desktop on the other.
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    Server 2012 / 8.0


    I was just curious,
    you can have the desktop as a thumbnail
    on one side and metro / or app running in the other 2/3's of the screen

    and the reverse.

    That would be a good trick.
    If someone could post a screen shot
    of 2 monitors from 1 computer and the metro on one
    and the desktop on the other,
    that would be interesting.

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    If it can't be done, oh well,
    it can't be done.
    I would like to see it.

    Desktop on one side fullscreen,
    start screen or metro app fullscreen on the other monitor fullscreen.

    I could be wrong, but I do not think it is possible.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro
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    Windows 7


    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Yes, you can have the Desktop on both screens with the Taskbar on both where you can either pin certain things on each monitor or just the the Taskbar for separating windows on each screen. You can also have the Start Screen on one and Desktop on the other.
    Coke Robert, thank you for your help with this question. Initially, my goal is to utilize Win 8 as if I am still on Win 7, and then as time passes, and I have the opportunity to experiment with Win 8 and its native programs, I can see what aspects of Win 8 can improve my productivity.
    Last edited by Brink; 26 Aug 2012 at 17:43. Reason: fixed quote box
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    Server 2012 / 8.0


    WOW-WOW-WOW-
    You were right !!!
    Thanks Coke Robot.


    I did it!

    You CAN switch between monitors both systems !!

    And launch both independently using the corners to make it happen.

    WOW

    thanks

    It's a little tricky but extending the 2 monitors
    and going into the corners makes it happen.
    WOW again

    I will have to update my other post.
    This capability already exists!
    Last edited by mdmd; 26 Aug 2012 at 18:40.
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  10. #10


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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by Cty View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Yes, you can have the Desktop on both screens with the Taskbar on both where you can either pin certain things on each monitor or just the the Taskbar for separating windows on each screen. You can also have the Start Screen on one and Desktop on the other.
    Coke Robert, thank you for your help with this question. Initially, my goal is to utilize Win 8 as if I am still on Win 7, and then as time passes, and I have the opportunity to experiment with Win 8 and its native programs, I can see what aspects of Win 8 can improve my productivity.
    You're welcome, I'm glad I could be of help.

    I have a feeling you'll like it...
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