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How to run two windows 8 apps at the same time with the snap feature

Windows 8’s Modern interface includes support for running two Windows 8 apps side-by-side. This feature, named “Snap,” isn’t explained in the tutorial – you’ll have to know it exists to make use of it.

While the multitasking may be limited compared to Windows desktop multitasking, it’s more flexible than iPad and Android tablets, which can only have a single app on the screen at a time.

Note: Snap only works on monitors that are at least 1366 pixels wide.

Using Snap

To use Snap, first open the app you want to run in snapped mode at least once. After you launch the application, you can press the Windows key to go back to your Start screen. If you move your mouse to the top left corner of your screen, swipe in from the left, or press WinKey+Tab, you’ll see the application you launched running in the background.

How to run two windows 8 apps at the same time with the snap feature

Next, launch the app you want to use as your primary application. Swipe in from the left, move your cursor to the top left corner of your screen and move it down along the side of your screen, or press WinKey+Tab and you’ll see the switcher.

How to run two windows 8 apps at the same time with the snap feature

Drag and drop (or touch and drag) the app you want to use in split-screen mode. Drop it at the left or right side of your screen.

How to run two windows 8 apps at the same time with the snap feature

You’ll now see the app at the side of your screen. Apps show different interfaces when they’re snapped to the side of your screen. Depending on the app, you may see updated information, new messages, or playback controls for music.

How to run two windows 8 apps at the same time with the snap feature

You cannot use apps in 50/50 split-screen mode. One app will always be snapped to the side of your screen, while the other app will take up the majority of your screen.

To control which app takes up the majority of your screen, click and drag (or tap and drag) the handle between the two apps. To move an app to the other side of your screen, move your mouse to the top of the screen, grab the app, and drag and drop it to the other side of your screen. If you’re using a touch screen, you can swipe down from the top of the screen to grab an app.

You can also press WinKey+. (period) and WinKey+Shift+. to cycle between the snapped and full-screen modes with keyboard shortcuts.

How to run two windows 8 apps at the same time with the snap feature

Because of the way Windows 8 treats the desktop, you can run a Windows 8 app snapped to the side of your screen and use the desktop normally. Just treat the desktop the same way you’d treat any other Windows 8 app.

How to run two windows 8 apps at the same time with the snap feature

The desktop isn’t particularly useful when it’s snapped to the side of your screen, however – it will just show thumbnail icons for your open programs.

How to run two windows 8 apps at the same time with the snap feature

This feature may be limited compared to Windows desktop multitasking, but it’s a neat feature that allows Windows 8 tablets to run multiple applications at once – a feature not available on competing tablets.

How to run two windows 8 apps at the same time with the snap feature

Smart Window, also called Snap, is a feature of Microsoft Windows that lets you automatically position two windows side-by-side without manually resizing them. Smart Window is also useful if you don’t want to use Alt + Tab to switch between 2 windows.

Smart Window was introduced in Windows 7 and is also available in Windows 8, 8.1, 10, and 11. If you are running an earlier version of Windows, such as Windows XP or Windows Vista, see: Split and arrange open windows.

  • Enable Snap Windows in Windows settings.
  • Snap windows using the mouse.
  • Snap windows using the keyboard.
  • How to un-snap windows after snapping them.

Enable Snap Windows in Windows settings

Select your version of Windows below and follow the steps to make sure the Snap Windows feature is enabled on your computer.

  • Windows 11
  • Windows 8 and 10
  • Windows 7

Windows 11

  1. Click Start to open the Start menu, and click the Settings ⚙ icon to open Windows Settings. Alternatively, press the Windows key + I keyboard shortcut.
  2. In the Settings window, click the System option in the left navigation menu, if not already selected.
  3. On the right side of the Settings window, scroll down and click the Multitasking option.
  4. In the Multitasking settings window, make sure the Snap Windows toggle is set to the Onposition.

Windows 8 and 10

  1. Click Start to open the Start menu, and click the gear icon ⚙ on the left to open Windows Settings. Alternatively, press the Windows key + I keyboard shortcut.
  2. In the Settings window, click System.
  3. On the left, click Multitasking.
  4. Make sure the Snap Windows toggle is set to the Onposition on the right.

Windows 7

Smart Window is always turned on in Windows 7. If you want to disable it, you need to modify a registry key in the Windows registry. For more information, see: How to disable Smart Window in Windows 7.

Snap windows using the mouse

Follow these steps to snap windows using your mouse.

  1. Click-and-drag on the top title bar of the first window, so your mouse pointer hits either the left or right side of your screen. Let go of the window when you see the window’s outline resize to half of the screen.
  2. Choose the other window you want to view on the side of the first window. Click-and-drag the second window to the opposite side of the screen until the mouse pointer hits the side of the screen and resizes.

Snap windows using the keyboard

Follow these instructions to snap windows using your keyboard.

  1. Press the Windows key and press either the right or left arrow key, moving the open window to the screen’s left or right position.
  2. Choose the other window you want to view next to the window in step one. When using the Windows key for this step, as described in step one above, use the opposite (right or left) arrow button that you used in step one.

How to un-snap windows after snapping them

After you snap one or more windows, you can follow these steps to return them to a normal window view.

  1. Click-and-drag the window, so the mouse pointer hits the top of the screen and let go to put the window back to regular size.
  2. If you want to view a single window, click a blank spot at the top, and while holding the mouse button down, shake the window you want to view. The shaking action will minimize all other windows to the Taskbar. To re-open minimized windows, click and shake the window you’re using.
  3. Press the Windows key on your keyboard, and at the same time, press the Up arrow or the Down arrow . The up arrow maximizes the window, and the down arrow minimizes the window.

Windows applications are normally full screen, whether it’s appropriate for these apps to take up the entire screen or not. Though you can’t run the apps in Windowed mode, like you’re used to with Windows 7 and earlier, it’s still possible to run two apps side by side.

To run two apps side by side in Windows 8 using the Snapping feature:

  1. Move the mouse pointer toward the top of the app until you see it turn into a hand
  2. Click and hold the mouse button at the top, then move the app to the left or right side of the screen
  3. The app now takes up a sliver of the left or right side of the screen
  4. Press the Windows Key again and choose another app, and the second app will take up the rest of the screen
  5. You can switch sides for the “sliver” app and change places with the primary app, but you’re stuck with two widths: most of the screen and a sliver of the screen

How to run two windows 8 apps at the same time with the snap feature
In this case, we have Chrome in the center and Skype on the right.

This side-by-side feature also interacts with the Windows desktop. If you’re running apps that reside on the desktop (such as Office 2013 or Spotify), then putting a Windows app side by side with the desktop will show all your open Desktop apps, stacked along the right side. Neat!

How to run two windows 8 apps at the same time with the snap feature
Chrome is still in the center, but now the Desktop is on the right.

Note that Desktop apps can’t interact with Windows 8 apps in this way. You’ll have to switch between them another way. We posted an article about navigating around apps that will help you move between your older applications.

How to run two windows 8 apps at the same time with the snap feature

Microsoft introduced Snap View in Windows 7 where you can snap an application window to the side of the screen and have it automatically resize itself to half of the screen. This is great when you want to view two windows side by side. In Windows 8, you can also do the same thing, with both desktop and native apps.

One thing to note is that the Snap View cannot be activated in the Desktop environment. The starting point should be in the Windows 8 Start screen. You need to open at least two or three Windows 8 native apps first (e.g. Maps, Weather, and Travel) so you can drag and drop the apps easily.

Activating Snap View

On your PC or laptop, go to the Windows 8 start screen and start a native app (for example, the Weather app). Move the cursor to the lower left corner of the screen and you’ll see the Windows screen icon along with the running apps.

Hover the cursor over the app’s thumbnail. Drag and drop the app you wish to see on the right panel and the screen will automatically allot a space. For example, if you want the Weather app on the left side, drag and drop the second app (Sports) to the right.

How to run two windows 8 apps at the same time with the snap feature

Note: Slowly drag and drop the thumbnail onto the desired panel; otherwise, the app maintains the full-screen view.

A successful Snap view looks like the screenshot below. In the middle of the screen, there’s a line separating the left and right pane. Hover the cursor on that slice, and you can resize or scale the windows – drag it to the left or right – if you double-click the line, it will scale the windows equally.

How to run two windows 8 apps at the same time with the snap feature

You can change the apps on each panel, too, whether it’s a desktop program or native app. Just repeat the two steps above, drag and drop each one slowly, and presto!

How to run two windows 8 apps at the same time with the snap feature

Note: You can’t run two desktop apps (e.g. Spotify and Microsoft Word) in Snap View. One should be a Windows 8 native app and the other a desktop program or two Windows 8 native apps.

If you launch a new native app, the screen will look like the one below. Click the side where you wish to drop the app or program.

How to run two windows 8 apps at the same time with the snap feature

On the other hand, Snap also allows you to resize the apps within the windows. For example, if Food and Drink native app is opened, hover the cursor on the upper corner to see the “Minimize” and “Close” buttons.

The same thing goes for the desktop window. For example, the opened Internet browser can be minimised, maximised (up to the scaled window size only), or closed, and you can still access the pop-up for Settings.

How to run two windows 8 apps at the same time with the snap feature

If you wish to use the full-screen mode again, just drag the line to the left or right completely.

Note: Snap also works on Windows 8-powered tablets.

Conclusion

Snap hack has improved my productivity when I’m using desktop and Windows 8 native apps at the same time, whether I’m researching, writing or editing files. And honestly, I’m also tempted to troll away my time for social media, YouTube and movies while working.

Having multiple apps on the screen and running them simultaneously makes the Windows 8 experience impressive for me. What do you think of Snap view features?

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Windows 8 lets you view its new “metro-style” apps and the traditional desktop on the same screen. This lets you be productive and have fun with the apps too.

Windows 8 as a neat feature that lets you view its new “metro-style” apps and the traditional desktop on the same screen. It also allows you to view two Windows 8 apps on the same screen. The feature is available in all versions of the new Windows OS, and you can do it via a touchscreen or with a mouse and keyboard.

Note: To use this feature your screen resolution needs to be at least 1366×768 pixels.

View Windows 8 Apps and Desktop

With a keyboard and mouse, hover the pointer in the lower left or upper right corner of the screen. Then move the mouse straight up or down to bring up the App Switcher. This is a new feature in Windows 8 that will display thumbnail tiles of running apps. Or you can use the keyboard shortcut Windows Key + Tab to display it.

Then right click on an app and select Snap to Right or Snap to Left. If you use the keyboard shortcut to display the App Switcher, you’ll need to continue holding the Windows key while you right click the app you want. You can also just click and drag an app to either side of the screen.

How to run two windows 8 apps at the same time with the snap feature

Here I snapped the Bing app to the right of the desktop.

How to run two windows 8 apps at the same time with the snap feature

Then you can slide the screen over to make either the desktop or app portion of the screen larger.

How to run two windows 8 apps at the same time with the snap feature

If you slide the app screen so it’s larger, the smaller desktop will only show thumbnail tiles of what’s open. Then if you click a tile on the desktop, it will open the desktop in the larger screen and make the app screen small.

How to run two windows 8 apps at the same time with the snap feature

While working in the Desktop, you still have the Aero Snap feature that was introduced in Windows 7 too. Remember that feature allows you to snap open programs to the left, right or full screen. So if you want to do some serious multitasking, you can have two windows open on the desktop and a Windows 8 app open on the same screen.

In this example I have a document and Google Chrome open on the desktop, and Xbox Music on the right.

How to run two windows 8 apps at the same time with the snap feature

There’s limitless possibilities of what to show on the desktop along with a Windows 8 app. Here I resized a couple of windows on the desktop and the Netflix app on the right.

How to run two windows 8 apps at the same time with the snap feature

Here’s a short video to get a better idea of how it all flows together.

There’s an old saying that the more money you have, the more you want. That’s kind of how I feel about external monitors . I’ve got two, but man, three sure would be sweet. And four? Don’t get me started.

But when you don’t have enough monitors in your life, you start learning how to maximize the space you do have. Here’s how to get the most out of your PC’s “desk space” using three features built into Windows.

Modern snap

How to run two windows 8 apps at the same time with the snap feature

Metro Snap in action, showing the modern Twitter app next to the traditional desktop.

Let’s start with the newest way to share desktop space in Windows 8: Snap. Not to be confused with Windows 7’s desktop snap, Windows 8’s Snap lets you display two modern apps, or a modern app and the desktop, on the screen simultaneously.

This feature originally showed up in Windows 8, but has vastly improved in Windows 8.1 thanks to new sizing options.

Once you have multiple fullscreen modern apps open, simply point your mouse at the lower-right corner of the screen, where the Start button is—but don’t click! Next, slide your cursor upward until a sidebar opens with all your currently open apps.

How to run two windows 8 apps at the same time with the snap feature

Drag an app from the sidebar to the main screen to Snap it.

Click the one you want and drag it out of the sidebar. Windows 8.1 will make room for the app on the main part of the screen; just release your mouse and watch the app lock into place, next to the one you already had open. (Windows treats the entire desktop as a single app.)

Dynamically adjust the on-screen real estate dedicated to each app by clicking on the black bar two Snapped apps, then dragging it left or right to resize the apps. On a large enough monitor, you can even view three apps at once using Snap. Talk about maximizing modern life.

Windows 7-style Desktop Snap

Modern Snap is handy if you want to have Twitter, Facebook, or Xbox Music running while you work—but it can’t help you when you want to view two desktop apps at once. That’s where the desktop version of Snap comes into play.

How to run two windows 8 apps at the same time with the snap feature

Desktop snap is awfully similar to Snapping modern apps, but it’s limited to two desktop programs at once.

Let’s say we want to have Microsoft Word and Chrome both open on the desktop. Open Word and then tap the Windows key + the left arrow on your keyboard to resize the program to take up the left half of your right. Now open Chrome and Windows key + right arrow to snap the browser to the right side of the screen.

Boom! Done. Each program now takes up half the screen, and desktop Snap works with any desktop program. If keyboard shortcuts aren’t your thing, you can also manually drag an open window to the left or right edge of the screen to snap it to that half of the display.

Tasking the taskbar

There are also some longtime window management features built into the taskbar that can come in handy when you need to see more than two windows at once. These features don’t really help you maximize your desk space as much as they make it easier to find a specific window when you’ve got tons of desktop apps open at once.

How to run two windows 8 apps at the same time with the snap feature

Three desktop programs displayed using the taskbar’s ‘Show windows side-by-side’ option.

Move your mouse down to the taskbar and right-click to show the context menu. You will see three different options: Cascade windows, show windows stacked, and show windows side-by-side. Be warned: Using these features will display all your open windows at once, but they’ll also mess up the default sizes of your windows.

Once you’ve mastered these various methods you can even try combining them—Snapping a modern app to one-third of your display, say, and then snapping two programs side-by-side on the desktop at the same time. Who knows? You might just be able to retire the faithful ol’ alt + tab shortcut if you really get the hang of dividing up your screen.

Using multi window on Galaxy S21 solves the problem with all the pop-up text beneath the notification bar. It can annoy you, especially if you are watching anime, video, or anything because you have to stop what you are watching. You do not want to get any disruption but at the same time, you have to text back to show that you are not doing something rude.

How to run two windows 8 apps at the same time with the snap feature

So, for all users of Samsung Galaxy S21, S21+, and S21 Ultra, you can use the steps to use Multi Window on Galaxy S21. It lets you use the split-screen feature; allows you to use two different applications at the same time.

Steps to use Multi Window on your Samsung Galaxy S21 series

  • To start, activate your Galaxy S21, S21+, and S21 Ultra.
  • After that, you need to open different applications on your device. Once you open the two apps, choose the Recent Apps Button in the lower left.
  • Now, at the bottom of the device, on the left-hand side, tap the button. Once you tap it, you will get access to all background applications that will be working at the same time.

How to run two windows 8 apps at the same time with the snap feature

  • Next, at the top side of the background app, your phone will display the icon.
  • Click on it and there will be four to five options on your screen. Choose the “Open in Split Screen View”.
  • Continue by selecting the second app, run side by side with the first app you selected.
  • That’s it! Now, you have made a Split-screen. This way will let you use both of the applications without getting any interruption.
  • Now, any time that you want to close it, tap the Home button (the icon in the middle of your phone) and drag the second application upward to make your phone back to normal.

Samsung Galaxy S21 also has a Picture-In-Picture (PiP) feature, which allows you to use an application or even playing a video in a small window while using the rest of your phone display for other things. It is important to know that the feature is only for a phone with Android 8 and above. It means this feature does not exist on the older models or the previous operating systems.

How to run two windows 8 apps at the same time with the snap feature

Well, that is all about the tips on how to use the multi window on Galaxy S21. Keep in mind that before using this split screen feature, you must open both of the applications you want to view in the multi window. It is possible to adjust the size of the windows, move the split by tapping, and then holding the line. This line exists between the windows and then drags it in either direction. Release this line based on the location you want to split.

If you are experiencing uncommon behavior on your phones or devices, Samsung supports you by allowing the users to send an error report to the Samsung Member application.

That’s a simple steps to use Multi Window on Galaxy S21. The steps surely can be different, depends on the operating system and the model of your phone. Multitasking window or multi window means that you can view two different applications side by side on a split screen.

Samsung Galaxy Tabs For Dummies

Samsung Galaxy tablets feature a unique multitasking feature called Multi Window. It allows you to view two apps side-by-side on the touchscreen. This is opposed to how apps normally run, which is full screen.

Before you can use Multi Window, ensure that it’s activated. The quick way to turn on this feature is to pull down the notifications shade and choose the Multi Window quick action. When it’s activated, you’ll see the Multi Window handle on the right side of the Home screen.

To use Multi Window, tap the handle to view the various apps sitting in the tray. Drag an app icon from the tray out onto the screen to start that app. To start a second app, drag another icon from the tray onto the screen.

With Multi Window active, the Home screen is split horizontally or vertically, depending on the tablet’s orientation. Each side of the split contains a running app which illustrates the my Music and Gallery apps.

How to run two windows 8 apps at the same time with the snap feature

To adjust the window size, drag the separator left or right, or up or down when the tablet is oriented horizontally. The two windows need not be equal in size.

The control buttons let you manipulate the windows. For example, you can close a window or swap windows. To see those controls, touch the separator. Once a window is expanded full-screen or closed, you exit Multi Window and return to normal full-screen operation.

You can exit Multi Window mode at any time also by pressing the Home key.

Only certain apps can run in Multi Window. The variety is seen by scrolling the Multi Window tray up and down.

Touch the Edit button on the Multi Window tray to add or remove apps. You may have to touch the bottom of the tray to see the Edit button.

You can keep Multi Window active yet hide the tab by long-pressing the Back button. To make the tab reappear, long-press the Back button again.

Use your finger to drag the Multi Window tray from one side of the screen to the other.

Android tablets always run multiple apps at once. The only benefit to Multi Window is that you can view two apps at the same time.

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If you have two VPNs installed on your computer, chances are you’ll have some trouble getting them to work at the same time. We don’t recommend using two VPNs, but there are situations where you may need two simultaneously—like if you want to connect to a corporate VPN over a personal VPN.

Thankfully, setting up a double connection like this isn’t too bad on Windows as long as you’re willing to set up a virtual machine to do the heavy lifting. The same trick will work on macOS and Linux. However, it isn’t easily possible on mobile devices like iPhones, iPads, and Macs.

How to Have Two VPNs on the Same Device

First, though, let’s go over one misconception: there’s usually no issue having two or more VPNs installed on a single device, the issue is with having both switched on at the same time. If you switch on a second one after engaging the first, your connection attempt will usually hang, going nowhere.

On the other hand, if you have two VPNs installed—one for when you’re working from home that gets you into the corporate intranet and another personal one for watching Netflix—but never have them on at the same time, there shouldn’t be any problem. Just remember to switch one off before turning on the other and you should be fine.

The only exception seems to be NordVPN, which may occasionally stop connecting to servers if it’s the second VPN installed. We’re not sure why this is, just that it can usually be fixed by uninstalling it and any other VPN on your computer. Once you’re working with a blank slate, just reinstall both VPNs, making sure NordVPN goes first.

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Why Use Two VPNs At the Same Time?

As we explain in our article on what VPNs are, a VPN connects you from your ISP’s server to the VPN server, and from there to the server of the site you want to visit. The connection between the VPN and the site is encrypted in the process, creating something called a “secure tunnel.” This tunnel makes it so your ISP can’t see what you’re up to, nor can the site you’re connected to trace back to your location.

Simultaneous VPN connections—also called “double-hop,” “multi-hop” or “double VPN”—is when you connect to a VPN server and then connect to another one. This effectively creates a double-encrypted connection which should be doubly safe, or at least that’s how it’s advertised by the VPN providers that offer them—NordVPN is one that springs to mind.

However, a double-encrypted connection might sound like it’s safer, but there’s really no reason to think that. After all, if one connection can be tracked, why not another? There is a case to be made that a double connection could keep a VPN service from logging your data when you double up, but if you trust a service so little, you may ask yourself why you’re even using it.

That said, there’s a case to be made for people on a corporate VPN that don’t want their employer to track their logs, but even in this case you may want to think twice about setting up a double VPN. The main reason for this is speed, or rather lack of it. Even the best VPN will slow down your connection, but having two working at the same time is a huge hit to performance.

When using a double- VPN connection, be it one you make yourself or one offered by a VPN provider, expect speeds to slow to a crawl.

Why Can’t You Have Simultaneous VPN Connections?

Even setting these considerations aside, there’s another issue: using two different VPNs at the same time doesn’t work. Almost always, the first connection will work fine, but the second one gets stuck while connecting. This is due to the way VPNs work.

When you install a VPN on a Windows machine, it also installs something called a TAP adapter. This is a piece of software that interacts with your network devices—the hardware that regulates how your computer talks to other devices and to the internet—and makes the VPN connection override the regular connection; it’s a lot more technical than that, but that’s how it works in short.

Since it’s more or less built-in to your TAP adapter to take over, having two switched on at the same time creates a conflict. Thankfully, the conflict isn’t too serious and will just cause the second VPN to crash, maybe the first one, too, if you’re unlucky. There’s no lasting damage to your computer or anything like that—it’s just annoying.

How to Set Up Two Simultaneous VPN Connections

There are, however, two ways to get around this issue when using Windows. The first is pretty technical and involves setting up a subnet with its own port. You then assign each VPN its own subnet and port in its config file—assuming your VPN is rocking a VPN protocol like OpenVPN that allows that—and that should allow you to create a double VPN connection all your own.

Use a Virtual Machine

Of course, there is a simple workaround that has you avoid all that nastiness, namely running your second VPN over a virtual machine (VM), which is a second, fake computer running on your desktop or laptop. It sounds a lot more complicated than it is. Here’s how to set up a virtual machine.

How to run two windows 8 apps at the same time with the snap feature

By running one VPN over your “real” computer and the second over the virtual one—or even both over a virtual connection—you skip the issue with conflicting TAP adapters. As they are essentially separate machines, you can first run one VPN, then the other on the VM without any conflicts arising. Another upside is that this method will work equally well on Windows, macOS, and Linux.

However, running your double VPN via a virtual machine will slow down your connection even further. All in all, considering that using a second VPN is of no real benefit in the first place, these extremely slow speeds aren’t worth it. Instead of using two VPNs at the same time, we recommend that you find one of the best VPNs out there and stick with that.

Windows applications are normally full screen, whether it’s appropriate for these apps to take up the entire screen or not. Though you can’t run the apps in Windowed mode, like you’re used to with Windows 7 and earlier, it’s still possible to run two apps side by side.

To run two apps side by side in Windows 8 using the Snapping feature:

  1. Move the mouse pointer toward the top of the app until you see it turn into a hand
  2. Click and hold the mouse button at the top, then move the app to the left or right side of the screen
  3. The app now takes up a sliver of the left or right side of the screen
  4. Press the Windows Key again and choose another app, and the second app will take up the rest of the screen
  5. You can switch sides for the “sliver” app and change places with the primary app, but you’re stuck with two widths: most of the screen and a sliver of the screen

How to run two windows 8 apps at the same time with the snap feature
In this case, we have Chrome in the center and Skype on the right.

This side-by-side feature also interacts with the Windows desktop. If you’re running apps that reside on the desktop (such as Office 2013 or Spotify), then putting a Windows app side by side with the desktop will show all your open Desktop apps, stacked along the right side. Neat!

How to run two windows 8 apps at the same time with the snap feature
Chrome is still in the center, but now the Desktop is on the right.

Note that Desktop apps can’t interact with Windows 8 apps in this way. You’ll have to switch between them another way. We posted an article about navigating around apps that will help you move between your older applications.

There’s an old saying that the more money you have, the more you want. That’s kind of how I feel about external monitors . I’ve got two, but man, three sure would be sweet. And four? Don’t get me started.

But when you don’t have enough monitors in your life, you start learning how to maximize the space you do have. Here’s how to get the most out of your PC’s “desk space” using three features built into Windows.

Modern snap

How to run two windows 8 apps at the same time with the snap feature

Metro Snap in action, showing the modern Twitter app next to the traditional desktop.

Let’s start with the newest way to share desktop space in Windows 8: Snap. Not to be confused with Windows 7’s desktop snap, Windows 8’s Snap lets you display two modern apps, or a modern app and the desktop, on the screen simultaneously.

This feature originally showed up in Windows 8, but has vastly improved in Windows 8.1 thanks to new sizing options.

Once you have multiple fullscreen modern apps open, simply point your mouse at the lower-right corner of the screen, where the Start button is—but don’t click! Next, slide your cursor upward until a sidebar opens with all your currently open apps.

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Drag an app from the sidebar to the main screen to Snap it.

Click the one you want and drag it out of the sidebar. Windows 8.1 will make room for the app on the main part of the screen; just release your mouse and watch the app lock into place, next to the one you already had open. (Windows treats the entire desktop as a single app.)

Dynamically adjust the on-screen real estate dedicated to each app by clicking on the black bar two Snapped apps, then dragging it left or right to resize the apps. On a large enough monitor, you can even view three apps at once using Snap. Talk about maximizing modern life.

Windows 7-style Desktop Snap

Modern Snap is handy if you want to have Twitter, Facebook, or Xbox Music running while you work—but it can’t help you when you want to view two desktop apps at once. That’s where the desktop version of Snap comes into play.

How to run two windows 8 apps at the same time with the snap feature

Desktop snap is awfully similar to Snapping modern apps, but it’s limited to two desktop programs at once.

Let’s say we want to have Microsoft Word and Chrome both open on the desktop. Open Word and then tap the Windows key + the left arrow on your keyboard to resize the program to take up the left half of your right. Now open Chrome and Windows key + right arrow to snap the browser to the right side of the screen.

Boom! Done. Each program now takes up half the screen, and desktop Snap works with any desktop program. If keyboard shortcuts aren’t your thing, you can also manually drag an open window to the left or right edge of the screen to snap it to that half of the display.

Tasking the taskbar

There are also some longtime window management features built into the taskbar that can come in handy when you need to see more than two windows at once. These features don’t really help you maximize your desk space as much as they make it easier to find a specific window when you’ve got tons of desktop apps open at once.

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Three desktop programs displayed using the taskbar’s ‘Show windows side-by-side’ option.

Move your mouse down to the taskbar and right-click to show the context menu. You will see three different options: Cascade windows, show windows stacked, and show windows side-by-side. Be warned: Using these features will display all your open windows at once, but they’ll also mess up the default sizes of your windows.

Once you’ve mastered these various methods you can even try combining them—Snapping a modern app to one-third of your display, say, and then snapping two programs side-by-side on the desktop at the same time. Who knows? You might just be able to retire the faithful ol’ alt + tab shortcut if you really get the hang of dividing up your screen.

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Have you ever wanted to watch a movie while replying to someone on Gmail conversation? Or have you ever thought of preparing some doc and look at a file’s copying status on Windows simultaneously without switching applications? Well, this can be very easily done by splitting your Windows screen. And that too without any software or any other extra settings in Windows.

In this article, we will take you through the steps to split your screen on Windows 7/8/10 and work on two or multiple applications at once.

Split Screen In Windows

You do not have to make any settings to open two active windows side by side. This is the default feature provided by Windows OS, and it can be done within seconds. Yes! It is that easy. And it can be done in 2 ways:

1. Drag And Drop Method

Splitting windows screen by this method is done by dragging and dropping screens on left/right side of the display. And this method can be used in all the versions of Windows 7/8/10 to split multiple screens. You just need to follow these steps to do so.

To demonstrate the steps, we will have pictures on one window and Gmail conversation in another window.

1) Open both the applications you want to work on at once on your PC. So that it will be shown at the bottom taskbar of Windows.

2) Next, click on the navigation bar on one of the applications & drag it to the right end of the screen and release it. This will make it cover half of the Window screen.

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3) Now open another app from the bottom dock of opened apps. Click on the application to open it.

4) Next, you have to follow the same procedure. Here we are using a browser as another window. Again tap & hold the navigation bar of the window & drag it to the left end of the screen. This will cover another portion of the screen.

How to run two windows 8 apps at the same time with the snap feature

5. Now just resize the windows so that they don’t overlap on each other.

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So now you have two applications opened on the same screen. And you do not have to switch applications; you can seamlessly work on two windows by dividing the screen using this simpler way.

2. Shortcut Method

This method is much faster than the Drag and drop method which we’ve already discussed. And while being faster, this method is also really easy to split screen on Windows. Just follow the steps explained below.

For Windows 7

1. Open the two windows on which you want to work on simultaneously.

2. Now go to any one of the open window and press Windows+Left key while you’re on that window. By doing that, the respective window will cover half the screen and will be shifted to the left side of the screen. (You can also shift it to the right side of the screen by pressing the right arrow with windows key)

3. Afterward, go to the other window, and while on that window screen, press Windows+Right key. Now, this window will be shifted to the right side of the screen covering another half of the display.

(Note: You can also include the third or even fourth window by resizing the open windows and making space for all of them.)

For Windows 8/10

To split the screen on Windows 8/10, you first have to enable the multitasking feature on your PC if it isn’t already enabled. To do that go to Start > Settings > System > Multitasking.

1. Firstly, open multiple windows on your PC.

2. Now, go to any one of the window and press Windows+Left/Right key on your keyboard. The window will shift to the respective side and will reduce in size to make space for another window.

3. As soon as you perform the second step, you’ll see a list of all the open windows on the other side of the screen. Just click on any window on which you want to work on. And now the selected window will be on the remaining portion of the screen.

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Split Screen Between Two Documents In MS Word

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Now, this is something that can be really important at times, looking at two MS Word documents side by side. And this can easily be done by following all the methods discussed in this article. You just need to know how to open multiple MS Word documents.

If you have already opened your first document, then to open the second document, click on office button > open, and then select the document on which you want to work on.

And now you can follow the drag and drop or Shortcut method, to split your screen between those two documents of MS Word.

Conclusion

That’s it, this is how you can split screen on Windows to work on multiple applications simultaneously. Working on different applications at the same time sometimes become absolutely necessary. On the other hand, it also gets frustrating to split windows by resizing them. That is why with this article, we tried to make that easier for you by telling you about the shortcuts to do that.

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Working on a Dell laptop can get a little complicated because you have to switch tabs and windows all the time. That goes double when you have to do extensive research for a school project or your job. You can, however, split the screen on your laptop allowing you to get more work done faster. Keep reading, and we will give you a few different methods you can use to split the screen on your laptop.

Dell Latitude 13-7350 Series Split Screen

The Latitude 13-7350 laptops have a built-in split-screen feature. The feature is ideal for multitasking, and it’s super-simple to set up. It works on all versions of Windows. Here is what you have to do:

  1. Open two apps you want to see on the screen.
  2. Press and hold the pointer on the second app, and the screen will split.
  3. Release the button to drop the application in place.

Splitting the Screen with Windows Snap Assist

You can split the screen in any version of Windows, including 7, 8, and 10. Snap Assist works on all laptops and desktop computers. It differs a bit from version to version, so we’ll give you step by step instructions for each version of Windows. Keep reading if you run one of the mentioned operating systems on your Dell laptop.

Windows 7

Windows 7 was the first version with the Snap Assist feature. It allows you to drag the window to the corner of your screen and it will “snap” into position, leaving the rest of the screen free for another window. You can disable the feature in the settings at any time. Here is how Snap Assist works on Win 7:

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  1. Open two apps or windows at the same time.
  2. Place your pointer on the top bar of one of the windows and hold the left mouse button.
  3. Drag the window to the right or left side of the screen.
  4. Keep dragging it to the side until the window “snaps” into position, leaving half of the screen empty for the other window.
  5. Drag the other window to the opposite side.
  6. You can use the arrow keys on your keyboard instead of your mouse.

Windows 8 and 8.1

Microsoft’s approach for Windows 8 and 8.1 was that most users will run the system on touchscreen devices. If you do own a touchscreen laptop or tablet that runs on Windows 8 or 8.1, you can get two windows in the split-screen mode in a matter of seconds. Just pull the two windows apart, and they will snap into position automatically.

How to run two windows 8 apps at the same time with the snap feature

However, if you don’t have a touchscreen device, here is what you have to do:

  1. Open two apps or windows., One should be in full-screen mode.
  2. Place your pointer on the top left corner of the first app. Hold the left mouse button and drag the window to the right.
  3. Keep dragging it until the screen is divided with a vertical line. The second window will pop into place automatically.
  4. You can move the dividing line left and right to customize the size of each window.

If your computer has a powerful video card, you can snap three windows at the same time.

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Windows 10

As expected, the Snap Assist feature on Windows 10 has the most options. You can set it up the same way it’s done in the previous versions of Windows, but there are some extra options. Here is how the feature works on Windows 10:

  1. Open multiple windows or applications.
  2. Place your cursor on the top bar of one of the windows and drag it to the side until it “snaps” into place.
  3. The first window or app will take up half of the screen. Click another window and drag it to the center of the opposite side.
  4. With your screen divided into two, drag and drop other windows to each corner of the screen.
  5. Try dragging and dropping windows in different corners of the screen to see how they arrange automatically.
  6. Drag any of the windows to the top of the screen to maximize it. Drag it to the center of the screen, and it will go back to its original size.
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When your windows have snapped into position, you can move each by holding the Windows + left or right arrow keys together.

Snap Feature Makes Life Easier

Working with multiple tabs can really complicate your creative process. The native split-screen feature available since Windows 7 allows you to divide the screen and open multiple apps or windows. The feature has been perfected with Windows 10, and it enables you to open up to six windows at a time.

What do you use the split-screen feature on Windows for? How many windows do you keep open at the same time? Tell us what works best for you in the comment section below.

As phones’ screens get closer to seven inches, now is the perfect time to take advantage of Android’s split-screen mode. This feature has available since Android 7.0 Nougat and allows you to divide the screen into two halves, with a different app on each side.

Although Picture-in-Picture mode steps on its toes in functionality by allowing you to watch videos in a smaller overlay window, there is still value in using split-screen mode. Namely, when reading one of our many how-tos articles on your phone. With this feature, you can have your browser open on one half and the corresponding app on another so you can follow along.

Using Split-Screen Mode on Android 9, 10, or 11

For phones running Android 9 Pie or newer, to activate the split-screen mode, you need to first enter the Overview menu by either pressing the recent apps button (next to your home button when using three-button navigation) or swiping up from the bottom edge and pausing when using gestural navigation.

Find the first app you want to use in split-screen mode and tap the icon at the top of its overview card. Choose “Split screen” on the popup, then a black bar will display in the center of your display with the app you just chose on one half of the screen.

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If the second app was recently opened, you will find it in the bottom half, which should now contain a sort-of mini Overview menu. If not, press the back button or perform the back gesture, then select the app from either your home screen or app drawer to open the app in the second half of the screen.

Using Split-Screen Mode on Android 7.0–8.0

Activating split-screen mode was a bit different when the feature was new. So if you’re running an older version of Android, you first need both apps to be running in the background before starting. In other words, open the apps one by one, then head to your home screen.

Now, press the “Recent apps” button, then drag the first app to the area that says “Drag here to use split screen.” A black bar will appear in the middle of the display with the first app positioned on one side. In the other half, locate the second app in the Recent apps page and select it. It will occupy the bottom half, successfully enabling split screen.

How to run two windows 8 apps at the same time with the snap feature

There is also a hidden way to enter split-screen mode, which quite a bit faster and easier to pull off. Open the first app and long-press the “Recent Apps” button. The app will position itself on the top half, with the bottom portion open to the Overview menu, where you can choose the second half of the split-screen pair.

How to run two windows 8 apps at the same time with the snap feature

Enabling Split Screen for All Apps

After playing with this feature long enough, you’ll notice there are a few apps that don’t support it. For those apps, you can force their compliance thanks to a setting in Developer Options. Check out our quick guide below for how to enable this feature.

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Samsung Galaxy Tabs For Dummies

Samsung Galaxy tablets feature a unique multitasking feature called Multi Window. It allows you to view two apps side-by-side on the touchscreen. This is opposed to how apps normally run, which is full screen.

Before you can use Multi Window, ensure that it’s activated. The quick way to turn on this feature is to pull down the notifications shade and choose the Multi Window quick action. When it’s activated, you’ll see the Multi Window handle on the right side of the Home screen.

To use Multi Window, tap the handle to view the various apps sitting in the tray. Drag an app icon from the tray out onto the screen to start that app. To start a second app, drag another icon from the tray onto the screen.

With Multi Window active, the Home screen is split horizontally or vertically, depending on the tablet’s orientation. Each side of the split contains a running app which illustrates the my Music and Gallery apps.

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To adjust the window size, drag the separator left or right, or up or down when the tablet is oriented horizontally. The two windows need not be equal in size.

The control buttons let you manipulate the windows. For example, you can close a window or swap windows. To see those controls, touch the separator. Once a window is expanded full-screen or closed, you exit Multi Window and return to normal full-screen operation.

You can exit Multi Window mode at any time also by pressing the Home key.

Only certain apps can run in Multi Window. The variety is seen by scrolling the Multi Window tray up and down.

Touch the Edit button on the Multi Window tray to add or remove apps. You may have to touch the bottom of the tray to see the Edit button.

You can keep Multi Window active yet hide the tab by long-pressing the Back button. To make the tab reappear, long-press the Back button again.

Use your finger to drag the Multi Window tray from one side of the screen to the other.

Android tablets always run multiple apps at once. The only benefit to Multi Window is that you can view two apps at the same time.

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As a Windows user, you may often need to run multiple instances of a program. These should be able to operate separately, and if needed, under different accounts. There are a few ways you can run another instance of the same application. The following guide illustrates a few of these methods with an attempt to explain which would be preferable for a specific kind of program.

Also read: How to Transfer Programs from One Windows PC to Another

1. Just Relaunch the Program

The most native method to run another program instance is to simply relaunch it while it’s open. This works best for browsers, Microsoft Office applications, and Windows utilities such as Paint, Calculator, WordPad, Command Prompt, and even third-party software.

There are many different ways to relaunch the program. From the Start menu, you can search for and click the program to be launched again. It can be executed using a simple click or through the Administrator mode. If the program, such as a browser, is pinned to the taskbar or saved as a desktop short, you can click it as many times as you want to open multiple instances.

How to run two windows 8 apps at the same time with the snap feature

Alternatively, you can use or Ctrl + N to restart programs such as a Microsoft Word document.

How to run two windows 8 apps at the same time with the snap feature

You can also use Shift + mouse-click together to relaunch multiple program instances from the Taskbar window.

How to run two windows 8 apps at the same time with the snap feature

2. Launch Using Run Box in Windows 10

Another way to launch a Windows program is to use the Run Box window, which can be accessed from Win + R . First, trace the program’s .exe file location and copy the entire path.

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Then, type the following into the Run box to open a new instance.

How to run two windows 8 apps at the same time with the snap feature

3. Use Windows + Shift + Taskbar Number

One of the fastest ways to restart a program instance is to identify its numerical sequence from its corresponding position in the taskbar. You need to determine the required number from “left” to “right,” as demonstrated here for a Paint file.

To open a new instance, use the following keyboard shortcut: Win + Shift + Program’s Number on the Taskbar.

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4. Use the Program’s Web Browser Version

Using the above methods, it is difficult to relaunch the programs from the Microsoft Store. These include applications such as Skype, WhatsApp for Desktop, Zoom, and many others. If available, you can run multiple instances using the program’s web browser version. For Skype, a new version can be easily accessed from web.skype.com . You may use different Skype accounts or the same one in the desktop, as well as the browser.

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One way to get even better results is to use the browser’s “incognito mode.” As shown below with Skype, you can run three or more instances of a program that are easily accessible on the Web.

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5. Relaunch Program as a Different Windows User

You can relaunch the program as a different Windows user from the Administrator. From the Start menu, go to “Settings -> Accounts -> Family & Other users.” Here, you can add a family member or “someone else on this PC.”

How to run two windows 8 apps at the same time with the snap feature

If you choose the latter option, you can use either an Outlook ID or declare that “you don’t have the person’s sign-in information.”

How to run two windows 8 apps at the same time with the snap feature

Now, add a user without a Microsoft account to proceed. Alternatively, you may create a new Microsoft account.

How to run two windows 8 apps at the same time with the snap feature

Give a username and password to this new local account. Answer and save the security questions.

How to run two windows 8 apps at the same time with the snap feature

As shown here, a local account has been created. It can be easily removed from this window.

How to run two windows 8 apps at the same time with the snap feature

Go to the program on a desktop, hold the Shift key, right-click and select “run as different user.”

How to run two windows 8 apps at the same time with the snap feature

Enter the credentials that were used to create this local account. This would then help you run the program separately from any other instance as an Administrator.

How to run two windows 8 apps at the same time with the snap feature

Some applications are designed to prevent multiple users from accessing it on the same device, especially premium software with limited licenses. If none of the above methods work, you can also set up a virtual machine and run the application from within. Here is some of the best virtualization software for Windows you can try.

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How to run two windows 8 apps at the same time with the snap feature

Working on a Dell laptop can get a little complicated because you have to switch tabs and windows all the time. That goes double when you have to do extensive research for a school project or your job. You can, however, split the screen on your laptop allowing you to get more work done faster. Keep reading, and we will give you a few different methods you can use to split the screen on your laptop.

Dell Latitude 13-7350 Series Split Screen

The Latitude 13-7350 laptops have a built-in split-screen feature. The feature is ideal for multitasking, and it’s super-simple to set up. It works on all versions of Windows. Here is what you have to do:

  1. Open two apps you want to see on the screen.
  2. Press and hold the pointer on the second app, and the screen will split.
  3. Release the button to drop the application in place.

Splitting the Screen with Windows Snap Assist

You can split the screen in any version of Windows, including 7, 8, and 10. Snap Assist works on all laptops and desktop computers. It differs a bit from version to version, so we’ll give you step by step instructions for each version of Windows. Keep reading if you run one of the mentioned operating systems on your Dell laptop.

Windows 7

Windows 7 was the first version with the Snap Assist feature. It allows you to drag the window to the corner of your screen and it will “snap” into position, leaving the rest of the screen free for another window. You can disable the feature in the settings at any time. Here is how Snap Assist works on Win 7:

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  1. Open two apps or windows at the same time.
  2. Place your pointer on the top bar of one of the windows and hold the left mouse button.
  3. Drag the window to the right or left side of the screen.
  4. Keep dragging it to the side until the window “snaps” into position, leaving half of the screen empty for the other window.
  5. Drag the other window to the opposite side.
  6. You can use the arrow keys on your keyboard instead of your mouse.

Windows 8 and 8.1

Microsoft’s approach for Windows 8 and 8.1 was that most users will run the system on touchscreen devices. If you do own a touchscreen laptop or tablet that runs on Windows 8 or 8.1, you can get two windows in the split-screen mode in a matter of seconds. Just pull the two windows apart, and they will snap into position automatically.

How to run two windows 8 apps at the same time with the snap feature

However, if you don’t have a touchscreen device, here is what you have to do:

  1. Open two apps or windows., One should be in full-screen mode.
  2. Place your pointer on the top left corner of the first app. Hold the left mouse button and drag the window to the right.
  3. Keep dragging it until the screen is divided with a vertical line. The second window will pop into place automatically.
  4. You can move the dividing line left and right to customize the size of each window.

If your computer has a powerful video card, you can snap three windows at the same time.

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Windows 10

As expected, the Snap Assist feature on Windows 10 has the most options. You can set it up the same way it’s done in the previous versions of Windows, but there are some extra options. Here is how the feature works on Windows 10:

  1. Open multiple windows or applications.
  2. Place your cursor on the top bar of one of the windows and drag it to the side until it “snaps” into place.
  3. The first window or app will take up half of the screen. Click another window and drag it to the center of the opposite side.
  4. With your screen divided into two, drag and drop other windows to each corner of the screen.
  5. Try dragging and dropping windows in different corners of the screen to see how they arrange automatically.
  6. Drag any of the windows to the top of the screen to maximize it. Drag it to the center of the screen, and it will go back to its original size.
    How to run two windows 8 apps at the same time with the snap feature

When your windows have snapped into position, you can move each by holding the Windows + left or right arrow keys together.

Snap Feature Makes Life Easier

Working with multiple tabs can really complicate your creative process. The native split-screen feature available since Windows 7 allows you to divide the screen and open multiple apps or windows. The feature has been perfected with Windows 10, and it enables you to open up to six windows at a time.

What do you use the split-screen feature on Windows for? How many windows do you keep open at the same time? Tell us what works best for you in the comment section below.

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In this guide, I will show you the way how to split screen in Windows 11. You can split your Windows 11 screen into multiple sections to improve your productivity. Split-screen permits you to view and access multiple windows at once. Windows 11 displays up to 4 or six windows simultaneously app at a time. The Snap feature by default is enabled in Windows 11.

Split Windows screen 2 Ways to in Windows 11 PC and Laptop

Enable split screen in Windows 11, press WINDOWS + I key from your keyboard to open the Settings, and then select System.

In System settings, scroll down and then select the Multitasking option.

Verify the Snap windows option is enabled and select the down arrow key.

Also, you can explore the various options listed under it and then check/uncheck as per requirement.

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Using Windows 11 Snap Layouts

Windows 11 has split the screen very simply and quickly with Snap Layouts integrated right into the maximize button for each window. No need to hold or drag a window to the side, or work with your keyboard shortcuts to trigger Snap windows.
Use Snap Layouts in Windows 11, hover the cursor (mouse) over the maximize button near the screen top right corner of a window. A small box will pop up with 4 or 6 different options to split the screen.

Split Screen into 2 Sections

Open the app windows that you would like to split, hover the mouse (cursor) over the maximize button, and then select one of the parts of the first option.

The current app window will appear now snap into the selected half of the screen, and you can find other opens apps as thumbnails in the other half screen. Choose the one that you need to add to the other half of the screen.

Now you can see two app windows on the screen. You can access and then work on them simultaneously.
You can also have the option to resize the windows.

Split Screen into Three Sections

If you want to work on three apps simultaneously, there is also an option to split the screen into three. Hover the cursor to the maximize button and then select the three parts.

The current window will fit the part we choose earlier and then the other open windows will be displaying as thumbnails in your left half. Choose the 2nd and then 3rd window that you need to work on.

Now we have three open windows on the screen, split according to your decision. The concept of resizing remains the same, just hold and then drag the line that separates two/three windows.

Split Screen into Four Sections

The concept of splitting the Windows screen into four is pretty much the same as what we discussed in the last section. Hover the cursor (mouse) over the maximize button of the current window, select the desired quarter in the last option, and then choose the other apps to be on the split-screen accordingly.

With the default settings in place, once 1 of the windows takes up half the Windows screen, the other open windows will be displayed in the other half. choose the one that you need to add to the other side of the screen.

Once you have two windows on the screen, drag the line that separates them in either direction to resize the windows. This process to adjust the windows remains the same in both methods.

Is it possible to run multiple independent instances at the same time? I would like to have two windows open, each with their own bookmarks, browsing history, ect.

I tried extracting two copies of ffp, and its like whichever one launches first controls which set of bookmarks/history loads. Then when you go to launch the second firefox instance, it just spawns a new window from the already running instance (same old bookmarks etc. ).

You would think ‘portable’ meant the instance is 100% self contained, but I guess not? There must be some way to run two at the same time?

Thanks for any help!

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It can be a little complicated, but you can achieve it. You need to manually set a setting in the FirefoxPortable.ini. It’s explained in the included readme.txt as referenced in the help.html file. Copy the FirefoxPortable.ini from Other\Source next to FirefoxPortable.exe and set AllowMultipleInstances to true.

There are multiple caveats with this. It will leave directories and files behind on every PC you run it on. These files should not contain any personal information and will usually be blank, but we make no guarantees. When running in this setup, you won’t be able to launch files into Firefox by associating them (either in Windows or Portable File Associations or similar) as Firefox won’t know which process to pass the file to.

Like the majority of applications, Firefox and other Mozilla-based apps are not designed to run multiple instances pointing to multiple sets of settings at the same time. Neither we nor Mozilla support or recommend this setup for anything except testing, so you’re fully on your own using it.

Sometimes, the impossible can become possible, if you’re awesome!

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Just found this.

THINK its working.. just needed to move the ini to the root directory.

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I may be the only person on planet Earth doing this, but I am running two Windows 10 accounts simultaneously, one for work and one for pleasure. These are not separate windows, they are actual separate windows 10 accounts, each with its own settings, logs, windows, etc.I was able to successfully run Firefox portable in both independent Windows 10 accounts simultaneously until about a year ago or less. Then only one would run at a time even though I had windows make it impossible for one account to see any files in the other account. The good news is that I was able to finally solve the issue by following the procedure of moving the sample ini file up to the main directory and changing the multiple instance flag to be true. I did that for both portable Firefox apps in the separate Windows 10 accounts.

Since these are running on an island so to speak, I could not and still cannot figure out how one knows that the other one is running even though it cannot see any files in the other account. It must be in the OS somewhere or the kernel where it is logging that there is a Firefox running somewhere in the computer. Because the accounts in the two different Windows 10 accounts cannot see any data from the other, there is no chance of cross-contamination. It’s hard to write to a directory that doesn’t exist from your realm.

So for anyone else wanting to run Firefox portable on two different unconnected Windows 10 accounts separately simultaneously, make the simple change and I think you will be fine. You may want to do like I did and make the portable directories unreachable and unviewable from any account except the one actually running that instance of Firefox. Happily, the change in each Windows account took a couple of minutes and could’ve easily been backed out had it failed. I’m a bit concerned that if Firefox can see other versions of it running in other Windows accounts, is this a serious security flaw in Windows 10? I thought that each account in Windows 10 was supposed to be isolated from the other and not really know what’s happening in other accounts. I suspect that this is a bug rather than a feature of Windows 10.

How to run two windows 8 apps at the same time with the snap feature

Those of you familiar with Windows 7 and 8 have probably witnessed the organizational wonder that is windows snapping. For those of you new to the concept, you will be pleased to discover that Windows allows you to grab an open application or window and “snap” it to a predefined area. Previously, you could snap windows to take up half of your screen so that you could see two windows side by side. Windows 10 further breaks your screen into four quadrants to which you can snap your windows. Once you pick up on this simple trick, you will wonder how you survived without it.

1. To use the Snap feature, choose either the mouse or keyboard method described below:

Mouse Method- Grab some blank space on the top bar of a window, and drag it to an edge or corner. Where you drag it will determine how it snaps. Pause for a second before you release the mouse, and it will show you a transparent rectangle preview of where it is going to snap to. Here is the breakdown:

Top edge- full screen

Left/right edge- one half of the screen

Corner- one fourth of the screen

Dragging a window to the bottom edge of the screen does not trigger any type of snap. Below is a picture of Android Studio taking up the left half of the screen. Chrome and windows explorer are both taking up a fourth on the right.

How to run two windows 8 apps at the same time with the snap feature

Keyboard Method- This accomplishes the same thing using the windows (WIN) and arrow keys on your keyboard. The WIN key has a symbol that looks like a window and is located between “Fn” and “Alt” on the bottom of your keyboard. When the window you are using is active, choose one of the following keyboard combinations:

WIN+left or WIN+right will snap to half screen

When you are in half screen mode, WIN+up or WIN+down will bump it up/down to a quarter screen.

When your window is in a top quadrant, pressing WIN+up will bring you back to full screen.

When your window is in a bottom quadrant, pressing WIN+down will minimize your window.

2. When you snap your window, Windows will show you all the other windows you have open that could be used to fill the remaining space.

How to run two windows 8 apps at the same time with the snap feature

3. Troubleshooting- If any of the features described above are not working, check to make sure they are all enabled in your Settings. Go to Start>Settings>System, and then select Multitasking from the left panel. Make sure that all the Snap settings are turned on as shown below.

The countdown to our Windows 10 launch continues. Today, we’re talking about multi-doing on Windows 10. Our lives are busier than ever requiring us to juggle more tasks, both big and small. Wouldn’t it be great if our devices could help make accomplishing our tasks simpler? With features like Action Center, Task View and Snap Assist, it’s all about removing the obstacles between you and ‘Done’.

How to run two windows 8 apps at the same time with the snap feature

Easily organize your screen

We often have multiple apps open at once, jumping between them to complete tasks. Windows 10 makes it easier to organize your screen with enhancements in Snap. Now you can quickly snap up to four things on your screen at once simply by dragging those apps into the corners. Windows will even suggest how to fill the gaps with other open apps.

Control your desktop

Sometimes the amount of content we run on our computer can get overwhelming. Task view in Windows 10 provides a simple way to see your open apps, docs and files in a single view to manage what you’re doing. And if your screen is getting crowded, you can create a virtual desktop to gain more space and work with just the items you want.

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One place to take action

Our devices constantly keep us updated through notifications and it’s easy to get overwhelmed. With Action Center, your notifications and key settings are in one view so you can manage them or quickly take action—like replying to email or changing screen brightness without having to go through the app.

Windows 10 gives you absolutely the best experience for doing what you do, upgrade to Windows 10 and see what you can do! Check back tomorrow to see which Windows 10 feature we talk about next.

Do you want to work on multiple screens at the same time? Switching them is confusing, time-consuming, and on rare occasions can be a nightmare. There is a solution with Windows 11 split-screen capability. In this guide, you will learn 2 easy and simple methods to split your screen on Windows 11 computer into two, three, and four sections.

You can split your screen into multiple sections to improve your productivity. Split screen allows you to view and access multiple windows at once. Display up to 4 app windows at a time, each window occupying a quarter of the screen. The Split Screen feature makes multitasking easier than ever.

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2 Ways to Split your Screen on Windows 11 PC & Laptop

When using the split-screen feature in Windows 10, the process was significantly different. Windows 11 made it a lot easier, but it kept the traditional approach which will be discussed in the following section.

Below are 2 methods that you can use to split your screen into different sections. But first, you need to enable Snap Assist.

To enable Snap Assist in Windows 11, press WINDOWS + I to launch the ‘Settings’, and then click on ‘System’ and then tap on the ‘Multitasking‘ tab. Now, click on the toggle to enable the snap assist.

How to run two windows 8 apps at the same time with the snap featureenabling Snap Assist (step-by-step guide)

Method 1: Split your Screen on Windows 11 Using Maximize Button

With Windows 11, splitting the screen has become much easier and faster. Now you don’t have to scroll hold to drag windows or use keyboard shortcuts to display multiple windows on the screen.

To split the screen in Windows 11, move your cursor over the maximize button in the upper right corner of the window. You will see a small box with four options for a split screen.

  1. The first option splits the screen into two identical parts, so both window screens occupy the same space.
  2. The second option also split the screen into two, but there is an uneven distribution in terms of the screen space it occupies. In this case, the one on the left occupies more space than the one on the right.
  3. The third option splits the screen into three, taking the left half in one window and the right half in two quarters.
  4. The fourth option splits the screen into four parts, each window taking up a quarter of the screen.

Now, let’s see how you can split your screen in Windows 11 into two, three, and four sections.

Split your Screen into two Sections

If you want to use two apps simultaneously, there’s an option to split the screen into two.

  • Move the cursor over the maximize button, and select one of the parts of the first option.
  • Now, the current application window will occupy the selected half of the screen, and you will find other applications open in the other half as thumbnails. Select the one you want to add to the other half of the screen.
  • Finally, you have two app windows on the screen and can access and work on them simultaneously.

How to run two windows 8 apps at the same time with the snap featureSplit into 2 sections

Split you Screen into Three Sections

If you plan to work on three apps simultaneously, there’s an option to split the screen into three.

  • Move your cursor over the maximize button and choose either of the three parts in the third option.
  • Now, for each of the opened windows, select your desired app to continue working.
  • Finally, you now have three open windows on the screen, split according to your choice.

How to run two windows 8 apps at the same time with the snap featureSplit the screen into 3 sections

Split Screen into Four Sections

Splitting the screen into four is pretty much the same as what we discussed in the last section.

  • Hover the cursor over the maximize button of the current window, choose the desired quarter in the last option.
  • Now, select the other apps to be on the split-screen accordingly.
  • You now have four app windows on the screen, and can access and work on them at the same time.

How to run two windows 8 apps at the same time with the snap featureSplit the screen into 4 sections

Note: Splitting the screen into three or four windows affects the visibility and clarity, thereby nullifying the whole purpose. Hence, it’s recommended that you do it on a larger display only.

Method 2: Split your Screen on Windows 11 by Manually Snapping Windows to the Sides

There are two ways to split the screen to view multiple windows at the same time. You can hold down the windows and drag and drop them to the corner you want or use keyboard shortcuts. Let’s start by splitting the screen in two, once you get the hang of the concept, you can move up to four.

To split the screen into two by manually snapping windows to the side, Hold down and drag the desired window to either side until the cursor moves. Release the cursor when you find a fuzzy outline indicating the position that the background application should occupy. Also, you can simply open the desired window and press the WINDOWS + LEFT/RIGHT ARROW KEY to split the screen into two.

Using the default settings, once one of the windows occupies half the screen, the other open windows will show up in the other half. Select the one you want to add to the other side of the screen.

Similarly, you can split the screen into three and four sections and view and access the same number of application windows at the same time. This makes multitasking very easy.

Final Words

That’s all there’s to how to split your screen on Windows 11 PC & laptop into two, three, and four sections using two easy methods. You can use the new method introduced in Windows 11 or any of the existing methods, whichever is appropriate, to use multitasking that was not previously available.

How to run two windows 8 apps at the same time with the snap feature

Working on a Dell laptop can get a little complicated because you have to switch tabs and windows all the time. That goes double when you have to do extensive research for a school project or your job. You can, however, split the screen on your laptop allowing you to get more work done faster. Keep reading, and we will give you a few different methods you can use to split the screen on your laptop.

Dell Latitude 13-7350 Series Split Screen

The Latitude 13-7350 laptops have a built-in split-screen feature. The feature is ideal for multitasking, and it’s super-simple to set up. It works on all versions of Windows. Here is what you have to do:

  1. Open two apps you want to see on the screen.
  2. Press and hold the pointer on the second app, and the screen will split.
  3. Release the button to drop the application in place.

Splitting the Screen with Windows Snap Assist

You can split the screen in any version of Windows, including 7, 8, and 10. Snap Assist works on all laptops and desktop computers. It differs a bit from version to version, so we’ll give you step by step instructions for each version of Windows. Keep reading if you run one of the mentioned operating systems on your Dell laptop.

Windows 7

Windows 7 was the first version with the Snap Assist feature. It allows you to drag the window to the corner of your screen and it will “snap” into position, leaving the rest of the screen free for another window. You can disable the feature in the settings at any time. Here is how Snap Assist works on Win 7:

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  1. Open two apps or windows at the same time.
  2. Place your pointer on the top bar of one of the windows and hold the left mouse button.
  3. Drag the window to the right or left side of the screen.
  4. Keep dragging it to the side until the window “snaps” into position, leaving half of the screen empty for the other window.
  5. Drag the other window to the opposite side.
  6. You can use the arrow keys on your keyboard instead of your mouse.

Windows 8 and 8.1

Microsoft’s approach for Windows 8 and 8.1 was that most users will run the system on touchscreen devices. If you do own a touchscreen laptop or tablet that runs on Windows 8 or 8.1, you can get two windows in the split-screen mode in a matter of seconds. Just pull the two windows apart, and they will snap into position automatically.

How to run two windows 8 apps at the same time with the snap feature

However, if you don’t have a touchscreen device, here is what you have to do:

  1. Open two apps or windows., One should be in full-screen mode.
  2. Place your pointer on the top left corner of the first app. Hold the left mouse button and drag the window to the right.
  3. Keep dragging it until the screen is divided with a vertical line. The second window will pop into place automatically.
  4. You can move the dividing line left and right to customize the size of each window.

If your computer has a powerful video card, you can snap three windows at the same time.

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Windows 10

As expected, the Snap Assist feature on Windows 10 has the most options. You can set it up the same way it’s done in the previous versions of Windows, but there are some extra options. Here is how the feature works on Windows 10:

  1. Open multiple windows or applications.
  2. Place your cursor on the top bar of one of the windows and drag it to the side until it “snaps” into place.
  3. The first window or app will take up half of the screen. Click another window and drag it to the center of the opposite side.
  4. With your screen divided into two, drag and drop other windows to each corner of the screen.
  5. Try dragging and dropping windows in different corners of the screen to see how they arrange automatically.
  6. Drag any of the windows to the top of the screen to maximize it. Drag it to the center of the screen, and it will go back to its original size.
    How to run two windows 8 apps at the same time with the snap feature

When your windows have snapped into position, you can move each by holding the Windows + left or right arrow keys together.

Snap Feature Makes Life Easier

Working with multiple tabs can really complicate your creative process. The native split-screen feature available since Windows 7 allows you to divide the screen and open multiple apps or windows. The feature has been perfected with Windows 10, and it enables you to open up to six windows at a time.

What do you use the split-screen feature on Windows for? How many windows do you keep open at the same time? Tell us what works best for you in the comment section below.

How to run two windows 8 apps at the same time with the snap feature

Those of you familiar with Windows 7 and 8 have probably witnessed the organizational wonder that is windows snapping. For those of you new to the concept, you will be pleased to discover that Windows allows you to grab an open application or window and “snap” it to a predefined area. Previously, you could snap windows to take up half of your screen so that you could see two windows side by side. Windows 10 further breaks your screen into four quadrants to which you can snap your windows. Once you pick up on this simple trick, you will wonder how you survived without it.

1. To use the Snap feature, choose either the mouse or keyboard method described below:

Mouse Method- Grab some blank space on the top bar of a window, and drag it to an edge or corner. Where you drag it will determine how it snaps. Pause for a second before you release the mouse, and it will show you a transparent rectangle preview of where it is going to snap to. Here is the breakdown:

Top edge- full screen

Left/right edge- one half of the screen

Corner- one fourth of the screen

Dragging a window to the bottom edge of the screen does not trigger any type of snap. Below is a picture of Android Studio taking up the left half of the screen. Chrome and windows explorer are both taking up a fourth on the right.

How to run two windows 8 apps at the same time with the snap feature

Keyboard Method- This accomplishes the same thing using the windows (WIN) and arrow keys on your keyboard. The WIN key has a symbol that looks like a window and is located between “Fn” and “Alt” on the bottom of your keyboard. When the window you are using is active, choose one of the following keyboard combinations:

WIN+left or WIN+right will snap to half screen

When you are in half screen mode, WIN+up or WIN+down will bump it up/down to a quarter screen.

When your window is in a top quadrant, pressing WIN+up will bring you back to full screen.

When your window is in a bottom quadrant, pressing WIN+down will minimize your window.

2. When you snap your window, Windows will show you all the other windows you have open that could be used to fill the remaining space.

How to run two windows 8 apps at the same time with the snap feature

3. Troubleshooting- If any of the features described above are not working, check to make sure they are all enabled in your Settings. Go to Start>Settings>System, and then select Multitasking from the left panel. Make sure that all the Snap settings are turned on as shown below.

The Snap feature in Windows has been tweaked many times since it debuted alongside Windows 7, with productive additions like Snap Assist brought in along the way. It only makes sense that Microsoft would put so much effort into developing this feature when you consider how useful it is for multitasking with two or more windows side by side.

Starting with build 10565 of Windows 10, Microsoft has made Snap even more handy, as two snapped windows can now be resized simultaneously. It’s similar to how Snap has worked on Windows mobile systems in the past, but I’ll show you how to use it on your desktop or laptop below.

To try out the new resizing feature, start by dragging any window all the way to one side of your screen, then use Snap Assist to select the second window for your split-screen view. So far, everything should behave as it did before the update.

How to run two windows 8 apps at the same time with the snap feature

From here, hover your mouse pointer over the border between the two windows and a vertical black bar will appear. Click and hold this black bar, then drag it left or right to resize the two windows simultaneously.

How to run two windows 8 apps at the same time with the snap feature

The two windows will still combine to take up your entire display, but they will resize accordingly. So you can have one snapped window taking up the majority of your screen, with the other window occupying a smaller portion on the left or right side.

How to run two windows 8 apps at the same time with the snap feature

In my opinion, this is the way Snap should have worked all along—it’s just so natural. What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comment section below, or drop us a line on Facebook, Google+, or Twitter.

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Organize windows, optimize screen space, and maximize your productivity with just a snap.

Learn three different ways to multitask and use multiple desktops in Windows 11.

Refocus your workflow with Snap Assist

Snap Assist appears after you’ve snapped a window but have a lot of available space on your screen. Any other open windows are displayed in that space as thumbnails.

To use Snap Assist, click the thumbnail of the window you want to open in the empty space on your screen. If you have two windows displayed side-by-side, you can resize both windows simultaneously by selecting and dragging the dividing line. Resize the window on one side to the size you want it to be, and then release the mouse button. The other window will resize itself to fit alongside the first one so you won’t have any empty screen space. To learn more, see Snap your windows.

Note: Snap Assist is only available for two app windows at a time on Windows 11 SE. Learn more

Pivot instantly with Snap Groups & Desktop

When working on a specific task, snap two or more open apps or windows to create a snap group. When you want to get back to the snap group later, hover over one of your open apps in the taskbar to find it.

How to run two windows 8 apps at the same time with the snap feature

Multiple desktops are great for keeping unrelated, ongoing projects organized, or for quickly switching desktops before a meeting. To create multiple desktops:

On the taskbar, select the Task view icon, then select New desktop.

Open the apps you want to use on that desktop and then when you want to switch to a different desktop, select Task view again.

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You can also choose different backgrounds for each desktop. To change a background:

On the taskbar, select the Task view icon.

Right-click on the desktop you want to change.

Select Choose background.

Select a picture.

Note: If you choose a solid color or a slideshow, your desktops will all be the same.

How to run two windows 8 apps at the same time with the snap feature

Continue right where you left off

If you use external or multiple displays, Windows can remember how you had your apps arranged. So, when you plug your PC back in, everything will be automatically put back into place.

To find the settings for these features, go to Start > Settings > System > Display > Multiple Displays.

Learn three different ways to multitask and use multiple desktops in Windows 10.

Select the Task View icon on the taskbar, or press Alt-Tab on your keyboard to see apps or switch between them.

To use two or more apps at a time, grab the top of an app window and drag it to the side. Then choose another app and it’ll automatically snap into place.

Create different desktops for home and work by selecting New desktop , and then opening the apps you want to use.

Windows 8 might represent the biggest change in Microsoft’s flagship operating system since the jump from Windows 3.1 to Windows 95. While the desktop view looks a lot like earlier versions of Windows, Microsoft added a full-screen, touch-friendly Start Screen and support for a whole new class of full-screen apps.

The idea was to treat touch as a first-class citizen, and every Windows 8 computer has elements that are designed for both touch and keyboard and mouse input… whether or not those devices actually have touchscreens.

Some folks have been happier about the changes than others… and Microsoft is taking user feedback into account with the next version of Windows. Today the company is providing an early look at Windows 8.1.

Desktop mode and the return of the Start Button

One of the first things laptop and desktop users will notice is that, as rumored, the Start Button is back. You don’t have to scroll your mouse over the lower left corner of the screen to see a pop-up icon. Instead there’s a button that’s always there.

But clicking that button won’t bring up an old fashioned Start Menu. Instead it’ll take you to the same full-window Start Screen that you’ve always gotten with Windows 8.

Microsoft is allowing users to set the default Start Screen view to “all apps” if they’d rather skip the Live Tiles view.

The Start Button is hidden by default when you’re running a full-screen Windows app, but hovering your mouse cursor over the left corner will bring it back into focus, letting you move back to the Start Screen without hitting a key on your keyboard or pulling up the Windows Charms menu.

While some folks find this distracting since it effectively minimizes any other apps you were looking at until you’re done, I’ve never really had a problem with the new Start Screen. I treat it like a keyboard app launcher. Just hit the Windows icon on your keyboard, start typing the name of the app you want to launch, and hit enter once it appears to launch the app. Now you’re back in desktop mode.

If you really never want to see the Start Screen, just pin your most used apps to the Windows taskbar or create desktop shortcuts for them.

Microsoft is also letting users bypass the Start Screen at boot. There’s an option to boot straight to the desktop.

Personalization for the Start Screen, Lock Screen

Windows 8 lets you set a custom image as your Lock Screen background. Windows 8.1 will let you choose multiple pictures to create a slide show.

You can also snap a photo using your device’s camera from the lock screen without even logging into your computer.

Microsoft is also offering more color and background options for the Start Screen. That includes backgrounds with motion, much like the Live Wallpapers available for Google Android.

How to run two windows 8 apps at the same time with the snap feature

Or you can use the same background for your desktop and Start Screen so that the jump from one view to another doesn’t feel as jarring.

Users will also be able to resize, rearrange, or uninstall multiple apps simultaneously.

Windows 8.1 apps

While a key feature of Windows 8 is support for “Metro” style apps designed to run in full screen, Windows sets itself apart from Android, iOS and other touch-friendly operating systems by allowing you to “snap” two apps together so that you can see two different apps at the same time.

In Windows 8 that meant you could see one big app and one small app at the same time. Windows 8.1 lets you snap windows to any size you want. You can also now see up to 3 apps on the screen at once. If you have multiple displays you can have up to 3 apps per display.

How to run two windows 8 apps at the same time with the snap feature

That means you can divide your screen so that you have two apps using up half the viewing space each, or split the screen 70/30, 30/30/40, or any other way you’d like.

You can also have more than two windows of the same app snapped together — so you could view two web pages side-by-side using a single web browser.

Microsoft is also updating the core Windows 8 apps including Mail, SkyDrive, Photos, and Camera with new features. And the Windows Store will show more information about available apps.

Windows 8.1 will also ship with Internet Explorer 11 featuring improved touch controls and faster page loading.

Search

Microsoft is bringing global search to Windows 8.1. Now when you use the Search charm you’ll be searching the web, your device, and files uploaded to your SkyDrive account.

Results can include web pages, apps, music, videos, or other content depending on your search query.

SkyDrive and Cloud services

Users can save files directly to Microsoft’s SkyDrive cloud storage service and access them from any device they’re logged into.

Microsoft will also sync settings and apps across devices, so logging into a new computer with your account will bring all of your preferences and software to a new device.

Internet Explorer 11 will also synchronize your opened browser tabs across multiple devices, so you can start reading an article on your laptop and keep reading on your tablet when you leave your desk.

When you’ll get it

Microsoft hasn’t said when Windows 8.1 will be ready for the general public, but the company has promised two things.

First, a preview build is due out on June 26th. Second, it won’t cost users a penny to upgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 when it is does hit the streets.

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3 replies on “Microsoft provides an early peek at Windows 8.1”

I hope they offer it at a promotional price, like they did when Windows 8 first went on sale. I’m still kicking myself for not upgrading for only $40.

Hmm, I think other than not allowing the option to have a winxp/7 style start menu attached to the start button, MS is making some good changes.

I will be honest, at home on win7 I hit the win key and type to search/launch apps just like win8. At work on Win 7, where the PC is super slow I would prefer a “fly out” start menu like XP had since I can hit win key – p – initial of program to jump to it faster than the search could find it.

The only things I care about as far as the UI is concerned are the supposed changes to help Windows 8 work better on 7″ screens so we can see some nice portable PCs. I’m tired of my Nexus 7. Android is just too limited and Ubuntu for touch is way far off (assuming I’m allowed to get into desktop mode and run desktop software).

This trick is not just for lazy people

Why would you ever want to open multiple programs at once in Windows? Recently, I had someone at my office ask me how they can open several desktop applications at one time without having to click on each application individually.

Normally, I would have called the person lazy and told them to stop bothering me, but since this person was performing a repetitive task and needed to open the same applications every day, I thought I would come up with a solution.

I also found that I usually open a couple of programs every morning no matter what: Chrome for Internet browsing, Outlook for checking email, and Visual Foxpro for writing code (since I’m a programmer). So instead of clicking on three icons, I decided to create what is called a batch file to open all three applications at once!

You can create batch files in Windows very easily and all you need to create them is Notepad! Also, I cover how you can use Task Scheduler to run your batch file when your computer boots so that the programs start without even having to click once!

How to Create a Batch File in Windows

Step 1. First, open Notepad

Step 2. Copy and paste the line below as the first line in the file:

@echo off

Echo off basically tells Windows to not give you any messages or popup windows when running the commands in the batch file.

Step 3. Now we need to actually call the executable for each of the three programs that we want to open. So in our example, I want to open Firefox, Outlook, and Foxpro. The next three lines would look like this:

start “Chrome” “C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe”
start “Outlook” “C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\Outlook.exe”
start “Foxpro” “C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual FoxPro 9\vfp9.exe”

There are three parts to each command above, which I explain below:

start – That is the command used in batch files to open programs

“App Name” – The second parameter is the name of the application you are going to be opening. You can put any name you like here since it only uses this parameter for title purposes.

“App Path” – The last parameter is the actual path to the executable file for the program.

You can always find the path of a program by right clicking on the icon and going to Properties. For example, if I wanted to know the path to the executable file for Firefox, I would right-click and choose Properties.

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Now all I need to do is look at the path in the Target box and simply copy and paste that into my batch file script.

How to run two windows 8 apps at the same time with the snap feature

Note that there are certain shortcuts where the Target box will be empty like shown below, mostly with Microsoft Office programs.

How to run two windows 8 apps at the same time with the snap feature

If this is the case, you have to manually go and look for the EXE file on the system. For Office, everything is located in C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Officexx if you installed the 64-bit version or C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Officexx if you installed the 32-bit version. The application files are usually just the name of the program like EXCEL, WORD or POWERPOINT.

After you have added all the entries to your file, the batch file should look something like this:

Now all you have to do is actually save it as a batch file, which is very easy. Go to File and click Save As. Give your file a name like “Test.bat“. Note that I added the .BAT to the file name manually. Lastly, change the Save As Type to All Files instead of Text Documents.

That’s it! You should now go ahead and test out your batch file and see if all of your programs load up. One thing I have found is that loading applications via a batch file is much faster for some reason. I’m not really sure why, but Chrome, Outlook and Firefox all loaded several seconds faster than when I normally click on them.

Schedule Batch File on PC Startup

Now let’s schedule our batch file to run when we first log into Windows. To do this, click on Start, type in task scheduler and click on the first link.

How to run two windows 8 apps at the same time with the snap feature

Don’t become overwhelmed looking at the interface because we only have to create a very simple task. On the right hand side, you should see a link to Create Basic Task. Go ahead and click on that.

How to run two windows 8 apps at the same time with the snap feature

Now give your basic task a name, which can be whatever you want. You can also give it a description if you like. Click Next when done.

How to run two windows 8 apps at the same time with the snap feature

The next step is to choose the trigger. In our case, we want the batch file to be run when we log onto the computer, so choose When I log on. That’s the only option that really makes sense anyway.

How to run two windows 8 apps at the same time with the snap feature

The next step is to choose an action. In our case, the action will be to run our batch script, so choose Start a program.

How to run two windows 8 apps at the same time with the snap feature

Finally, we have to actually choose the batch file we want to run when we log onto the computer. Go ahead and click on the Browse button and navigate to the location of your batch file.

How to run two windows 8 apps at the same time with the snap feature

Click Next and then click Finish. Now go ahead and restart your computer and the programs should open when you log into Windows! Pretty neat, huh? If you have any questions, post a comment. Enjoy!

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