Multiple screens on 1 18 inch screen

janhoedt
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Hi,

I would like to use a tool that gives me the possibility to work as if I had two (or more) screens. That way I could f.e. open an Internet explorer and drag items/links etc to a Word document, put a mediaplayer in the second screen etc. All the advantages of having 2 screens.
My laptop has an 18 inch screen so I could easily devide it in 2 or more screens.

I know there are a lot of tools out who pretend to do this but would like to know from you which one is the best/most usable one (doesn't crash, gives you options).

Thanks for your feedback.
J.
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This is a popular one referenced here on EE often.....

Fences
http://www.stardock.com/products/fences/downloads.asp

Desktops v1.02
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/cc817881

The last one I havent used in a long time, but was a good utility.....

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janhoedt--Windows 7 offers SNAP which does what you want
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/products/features/snap
The images are misleading.  You get a full page for both screens.
A video
http://www.sevenforums.com/general-discussion/58751-two-win-explorer-windows-side-side.html

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Fences is a icon grouping program, don't understand why you mention that. Nothing to do with what I was looking for. Desktops gives you multiple desktops, didn't look for that either.

"I would like to use a tool that gives me the possibility to work as if I had two (or more) screens
f.e. open an Internet explorer and drag items/links etc to a Word document, put a mediaplayer in the second screen etc. All the advantages of having 2 screens. "

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Maybe I wasn't clear enough: I would like to have two seperate windows in 1 screen. Each window represents a screen. If I open f.e. explorer in 1 window it will open there and stay there, the same for the other Window ... as if it were 2 screens.
Not about resizing the windows, grouping icons, having multiple desktops. Just the behavior of 2 monitors in 1 monitor ....
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janhoedt--Did you look at SNAP as suggested?
You also can right click on the TaskBar and either "Show windows side by side" or "Show windows stacked".  
I prefer SNAP.
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janhoedt--Please see posts http:#a36330484 and http:#a36331192.  It is not clear why you are overlooking them.  From the first of these posts:
Depending on where you drag a window, you can make it expand vertically, take up the entire screen, or appear side-by-side with another window
Of course the windows will be resized since you are allotting only half the normal screen to each.
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I guess I am just not understanding what you really want...... Apologies....

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No problem, apparently I was not clear.
I would like to have two windows (or more) which behave as different desktops, as if I had 2 (or more) monitors.
Don't know how to explain it further. As if I phisically cut the 1 screen in 2 screens, as if I glued two monitors to eachother. That kind of behavior on 1 screen. Each window is a desktop.

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Splitview seemed to do what I need: http://www.splitview.com/SplitView-Personal-Edition
... but it doesn't. I want to drag and drop between the desktops/windows not just rearrange the desktop windows.

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Let me put it other words: 2 desktops (or more) on 1 monitor.
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janhoedt--It seems you want two DESKTOPS not just being able to divide the monitor screen into one or more WINDOWS.  Right?  
It used to be possible to do it in Win XP using Power Toys|Virtual Desktop Manager.  But whether that will work on Win 7 or if there is something equivalent for Win 7 I do not know.
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/downloads/windows-xp

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Ok, what I want to do is watch an instruction video and take notes meanwhile. None of the options so far offers this.
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janhoedt--Based on my experience, SNAP will let you do that.  But you will be dealing with two (half sized) WINDOWS, not two DESKTOPS.  
Have you tried SNAP?  
Or maybe I still do not understand.

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