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Way to open multiple instances of desktop application?

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    Way to open multiple instances of desktop application?


    I was wondering if it was possible to open multiple instances of the desktop app or if there are any third party applications which could add such functionality. I would like to use the built in side by side app feature but for programs running in the desktop so I can have something like notepad++ or visual studio open on the left side of the screen and have a steam or twitch chat open on the right so I can free up my second monitor for full screen viewing of videos/games/websites. I know I can do this by resizing the windows manually but it is very clunky and harder to manage when I want to close a program or open new applications.

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    Right click on the Taskbar gives you multiple choices to arrange open windows (programs). Cascade, Stacked or Side by side.
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    You could also try 'Desktops' by Sysinternals: Desktops

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    It will let you create 3 additional virtual 'desktops'
    You can only run desktop applications in windows 3 - 4 and you can only access the 'Metro' UI from window 1, the 'Home' window.
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    If you hold the shift key down and click the shortcut for your desktop program that is already running, it will open a second instance of that program. Works for IE and file explorer etc.
    To split screen easily press the Windows Logo key and the left or right arrow key. That will open that programs window to fill half the screen. Press the Windows logo key + shift + an Arrow key and it will move from monitor to monitor. Windows Logo key and the up arrow key will put it full screen again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimjimmy1995 View Post
    I was wondering if it was possible to open multiple instances of the desktop app
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    If you hold the shift key down and click the shortcut for your desktop program that is already running, it will open a second instance of that program.
    Or use mouse wheel (= "middle mouse" click) and click the shortcut for your desktop program that is already running.
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    I already know about these features and applications. I'm specifically asking if it possible to open multiple instances of windows 8 applications as you can with desktop applications.
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    As I posted in another thread a couple of days ago - You can use "modernmix", it will do as you are asking. It costs a very small amount.

    ModernMix? - Run Modern (Metro) apps in a window on your desktop with ModernMix?
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    I was wondering if it was possible to open multiple instances of the desktop app/ I would like to use the built in side by side app feature but for programs running in the desktop so I can have something like notepad++ or visual studio open on the left
    I'm specifically asking if it possible to open multiple instances of windows 8 applications as you can with desktop applications.
    ... So... what is it, desktop applications or 'Modern' apps?
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    My guess is it's about Metro APPs because with desktop programs you can have many instances of programs running side by side. When working on a computer without Total Commander, I open 2 or more instances of Windows Explorer to make it easier to transfer files between disks or partitions.
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    Yeah, okay... but the applications the OP is suggesting are not 'Metro' apps, I find it confusing as to what the OP is after.
    Pretty much all the replies suggest any possible alternatives, so what's he want?
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