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hi,

I have been using wind 7 for sometime, and recently upgrade a few machines to 8.
I was told that there is a feature in one or both where I can split my single monitor into an : as if" there were two monitors.

is anyone familiar with what I am referring to?

any help appreciated...
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by:Dash Amr
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Windows 8 makes it easier than ever to connect two or more monitors to your PC, which can greatly enhance the user experience and increase your productivity. There’s no need to throw away an old screen when you upgrade, just use it to double the fun!

below is handy Step by Step Guide l;

http://www.wikihow.com/Use-Two-Monitors-with-Windows-8

Hope that helps
Cheers
Dash
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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
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Windows 8.1 allows a modern app and a desktop app to split the screen, you determine where the split is.
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If I'm reading your question correctly you want two displays on a single monitor.

I think you might have been told about Windows 7/8 Snap also called Auto Resizing which allows two windows to be displayed side-by-side and automatically size them so they share equal space on your desktop.  This isn't the same as having two separate inputs displayed at the same time on a single monitor though.

There's a neat feature on Linux called Workplace Switcher that allows you to place programs in separate desktops - Windows equivalent is something like Windows Pager

But if you want true separate inputs this isn't possible natively with Windows unless you use a graphics card with multiple inputs card they use with security systems to monitor multiple cameras on a single display and then feed two PC outputs in - which would be crazily expensive compared to using two monitors.

I think the people telling you about this have oversimplified what you can do.
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What you're referring to is the "Snap View" feature, which lets you split a screen to display two different windows -- each of which can be either a "modern" app (i.e. "Metro"); or a traditional application.

Here's how to do it:  http://blog.laptopmag.com/use-split-screen-mode-windows-81
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Here's another tutorial on the same topic that shows how to snap up to 4 apps at once:  http://blog.laptopmag.com/windows-81-three-four-split-screen
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... and if you prefer video tutorials, here's a nice YouTube that shows how to set up the Snap View windows:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=coEUu1s185I
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its funny

I am a power user in windows 7 and lower... and lost in the " where is it in windows 8.

after reading , I am still unsuccessful in using the info.

Most of you were right, it is the snap to feature... but  have not yet gotten it to work...
what is a modern App    vs    any other program ?
how can I have two sessions of remote desktop working side by side as I used to in my old friend " windows 7 "
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What's the resolution of your display?    The Snap feature requires a minimum of 1366 x 768 to have 2 windows; and 1920 x 1080 to have 3.
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"... what is a modern App    vs    any other program ? " ==> Modern apps are the programs that you run from the Metro interface tiles.
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by:intelogent
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thank you... it was so simple... but i just could not get it.  just sliding a window to the left or right border snaps it to a 50% monitor screen.   :)
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