windows 8 - Is it possible to use Metro apps in "desktop mode"?

  • Anto

    Some of the metro apps are pretty interesting and could spare the user to install third-party apps, like the PDF reader app, the messenger app, ... The major issue with these apps is that it seems impossible to launch them in a windowed mode, which is not convenient for desktop users.

    Does anyone know whether or not Windows features this possibility ? If yes, how ? Incidentally, if it doesn't, any idea why (reference to any Microsoft official statement, ui expert blogpost, ...) ?

  • Answers
  • magicandre1981

    StarDock also released a tool which offers Windowed Mode. It is called ModernMix

    ModernMix is a revolutionary new program that lets you run Windows® 8 "Modern" apps in a window on the desktop.

    Windows 8 Modern apps, also known as Metro or RT apps, will use the full screen on your display regardless of how much of the screen they really need. As a result, that weather app, mail program or stock ticker is going to use the entirety of your computer display.

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    You can pin apps to the taskbar like normal Desktop applications.

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    Give it a try if it works the way you need it.

    Here is also a video about it:

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    modern ui - Is it possible to put Metro-style apps side-by-side in Windows 8 without a touchscreen?
  • nhinkle

    Supposedly it's pretty easy to put Metro-style apps side-by-side using touch gestures in Windows 8. I can't seem to figure out how to do it using just the mouse and keyboard though. My screen is definitely larger than the minimum required resolution. How can I arrange apps side-by-side in the Windows 8 Developer Preview without a touchscreen monitor?

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  • nhinkle

    Move your mouse toward the left edge of the monitor that is displaying a metro style app full screen. Be careful not to cross to another monitor to the left. Wait for a moment until a window thumbnail comes up, then drag the thumbnail until the metro window moves to the right, then release your mouse. You need to position the mouse just barely on the edge of the monitor in order for this to work.

    It appears that side-by-side apps will only work if your screen is widescreen (16:10 or 16:9). You can switch windows using this method on 4:3 screens, but you can't use apps side-by-side.

  • Chris Pietschmann

    Yes, just perform the same gestures you would with touch, just using your mouse instead.

    Note that multiple monitors can make this problematic, since your mouse will not stop at the edge of the screen.