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Keeping start screen on main monitor


bicycle

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I have two monitors. The desktop is always showing on the second monitor. If I have the start screen on the main monitor and click on the desktop on the second monitor, the main monitor switches to desktop. Is there anyway to keep the start screen on the main monitor in this situation?
 

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I don't think so. Your desktop actually spans across both monitors while the Metro screen can only ever be opened full screen on one monitor. As soon as you change the focus to the desktop on any monitor Metro will disappear. It would be nice if it didn't do that with dual displays.
 

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bicycle

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#3
That's what I thought. What I find strange is that when an app is running full screen on the main monitor, it stays up when I click on the second monitor. This Windows 8 is taxing my brain.
 

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I find a way to keep the Metro Apps open on my second monitor all the time ; I open a second Windows 8 in VM
 

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IMHO this kink is because Metro isn't dual monitor friendly. I have two 19 inch LCD's but they aren't wide screen, so Metro snap won't work.
 

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Yes, it's clearly obvious that multidisplay was not thought out very well. Whoopee doo, we can tell the task bar to extend and specify what display to show what icons. They haven't even enabled clock and/or systray on the 2nd or 3rd taskbars - again, way behind in the times. This is kindergarten stuff that 3rd party apps have done for years.

And what's the point to having live update tiles if you only see them for the 5 seconds it takes you to invoke the start screen and launch an app? It's very poorly thought out, but wait - oh yes, that whole tablet thing on a PC. Well played.
 

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"Yes, it's clearly obvious that multidisplay was not thought out very well."


No doubt because 99.9% of PC users only have one display...


Microsoft has to focus on their core user base, which frankly is fairly unsophisticated. Windows can't be everything to everybody, unfortunately.
 

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"Yes, it's clearly obvious that multidisplay was not thought out very well."


No doubt because 99.9% of PC users only have one display...


Microsoft has to focus on their core user base, which frankly is fairly unsophisticated. Windows can't be everything to everybody, unfortunately.

The real reason, is that Microsoft cut corners on this one , because they are too blind with the Tablet and Phone Google and Apples share of the market. stock holders complain about this, so they are scares for their a$$ and forget the rest. This is completely stupid the way Windows 8 run on multi-monitor, no excuses at all for a such flaw and laziness
 

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I think Microsoft was smart to head in that direction, whether it was a money grab or not. The reason they're infatuated with the tablet/smart phone market is because more and more, that's what people are using. The desktop paradigm is slowly dying, like the DOS command line before it... And like I said, most PC users don't give a rat's ass about multi-monitor setups.
 

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. And like I said, most PC users don't give a rat's ass about multi-monitor setups.
this is not true I install more than ever 2 or 3 monitors in office PCs. I don't know where you live, but on every forum peoples wants GPU with more than 2 outputs.
 

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There are a lot more dual or even triple monitor setups than you think. It becoming quite common to have a multi monitor setup.
 

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In 2012 it's very non-productive to have only 1 monitor, if you ask me, Even for a student it's way more efficient to have word open in one monitor and making research on Google on the other one for a school work. A lot more easy to cut and paste too.
 

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"this is not true I install more than ever 2 or 3 monitors in office PCs. I don't know where you live, but on every forum peoples wants GPU with more than 2 outputs."


Those are mainly power users, and far from the typical PC user.


"There are a lot more dual or even triple monitor setups than you think. It becoming quite common to have a multi monitor setup."


Among what, a few hundred million Windows users? If a few million people are using multiple monitors, I'd be very surprised. Anyway, it's a rather small percentage of the Windows user base.
 

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"this is not true I install more than ever 2 or 3 monitors in office PCs. I don't know where you live, but on every forum peoples wants GPU with more than 2 outputs."


Those are mainly power users, and far from the typical PC user.

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you call office peoples , " power users " some of them barely know where is the Word icon on their PC. and I'm not joking. sometime they erase an icon by accident, they call me and when I go , I notice they have one on the task bar and I say why you don,t use this one, " oh I never notice it"....power users lol. The majority of my customers hate computers, they don't want to learn about it, they learn the stick minimum for their work, this is good for me because tech savvy don't bring bread on my table.
 

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Actually I was referring to the people on the forums you mentioned, not office workers. And I'm not saying there isn't room for improvement in supporting multiple monitors, just that there aren't enough users (yet) for Microsoft to justify spending a lot of time on something that only applies to a small minority.
 

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"The majority of my customers hate computers, they don't want to learn about it, they learn the stick minimum for their work"

...In which case I have to ask, why do they *need* multiple monitors? ;)
 

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So if I fallow you reasoning Ford will have never build car, because at the time more peoples was using horses
 

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"The majority of my customers hate computers, they don't want to learn about it, they learn the stick minimum for their work"

...In which case I have to ask, why do they *need* multiple monitors? ;)
easy I will give you 1 example; I have a woman who enter hours of the employees in the accounting software, since they do not pay right away all the hours , they keep track in excel, so she find it more usefull to open excel in 1 monitor and the accounting software in the other one. Before she was printing to do so, I suggest to her boss to install a second $ 120 monitors to be more productive.
 

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" I suggest to her boss to install a second $ 120 monitors to be more productive."

Well, to be honest, I'm dubious that the extra screen real-estate increases productivity all that much.
 

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