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Solved Desktop Tile Across Multiple Monitors


Cty

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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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mdmd

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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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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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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.

sidea.jpg

sideb.jpg

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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    Crosshair V Formula-Z
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    ASUS R9 270
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    1440x900
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    1 TB Seagate Barracuda (starting to hate Seagate)
    x2 3 TB Toshibas
    Windows 8.1 is installed on a SanDisk Ultra Plus 256 GB
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    OCZ 500 watt
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    A current work in progres as I'll be building the physical case myself. It shall be fantastic.
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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.
 
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mdmd

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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!
 
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    Intel i7 QuadCore 3770k
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    Asrock Extreme 4
    Memory
    16GB Crucial Ballistix
    Graphics Card(s)
    intel embedded gpu
    Sound Card
    Sound Blaster Z
    Monitor(s) Displays
    AOC / Westinghouse
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Plextor pcie msata
    PSU
    Rosewill Silent Night 500W Fanless / PicoPSU
    Case
    open bench - no case enclosure
    Cooling
    Silverstone HEO2 Passive Silent
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    logitech washable K310
    Mouse
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dual.jpg
 

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    Asrock Extreme 4
    Memory
    16GB Crucial Ballistix
    Graphics Card(s)
    intel embedded gpu
    Sound Card
    Sound Blaster Z
    Monitor(s) Displays
    AOC / Westinghouse
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    1920x1080
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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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    CPU
    AMD FX 8320
    Motherboard
    Crosshair V Formula-Z
    Memory
    16 gig DDR3
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS R9 270
    Screen Resolution
    1440x900
    Hard Drives
    1 TB Seagate Barracuda (starting to hate Seagate)
    x2 3 TB Toshibas
    Windows 8.1 is installed on a SanDisk Ultra Plus 256 GB
    PSU
    OCZ 500 watt
    Case
    A current work in progres as I'll be building the physical case myself. It shall be fantastic.
    Cooling
    Arctic Cooler with 3 heatpipes
    Keyboard
    Logitech K750 wireless solar powered keyboard
    Mouse
    Microsoft Touch Mouse
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
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My Computer

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  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    ASUS
    CPU
    AMD FX 8320
    Motherboard
    Crosshair V Formula-Z
    Memory
    16 gig DDR3
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS R9 270
    Screen Resolution
    1440x900
    Hard Drives
    1 TB Seagate Barracuda (starting to hate Seagate)
    x2 3 TB Toshibas
    Windows 8.1 is installed on a SanDisk Ultra Plus 256 GB
    PSU
    OCZ 500 watt
    Case
    A current work in progres as I'll be building the physical case myself. It shall be fantastic.
    Cooling
    Arctic Cooler with 3 heatpipes
    Keyboard
    Logitech K750 wireless solar powered keyboard
    Mouse
    Microsoft Touch Mouse
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender, but I might go back on KIS 2014

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