As many of you know, I've been using two monitors on my personal workstation for over ten years. I like being able to view two or more programs all at the same time. So when Windows 8 came out, I was happy to see better multiple monitor support, but I didn't like running Windows RT / Metro apps, as they took up the full display area. They are nice, but with a screen size of 2560 x 1024, it was just too much for me. Then the folks at Stardock came out with a program to run Windows RT / Metro apps in a window on the desktop called ModernMix.
Two Windows RT apps running on a desktop with two monitors using ModernMix in Windows 8
ModernMix allows almost any Windows RT / Metro app to run inside a window on the desktop in Windows 8. It remembers the settings of all of the Windows RT apps you have run and you can manually modify them if needed. I came across a couple of apps that would only run in full screen. It also has a screen overlay you can enable in the upper right-hand corner that allows you to switch between modes (full screen, maximized and windowed) and bring up the Settings charm for that app. You can even Pin a program to the Taskbar with ModernMix.
Application settings page inside of ModernMix
Here's a quote from the ModernMix website:
What is 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.
Run modern apps in windows
- ModernMix enables you to run multiple Modern apps in individual separate windows on the desktop as well as launch them from the desktop.
Apply custom settings
- Modern app window sizes are remembered the next time you launch them.
Pin modern apps to the taskbar
- Active Modern apps will also appear on your taskbar where they can be pinned for quick access later. Also create desktop shortcuts for Modern apps.
Bring back the familiar Windows look
- Standard Windows 8 title bar is enabled for Modern apps.
- Explicitly close Modern apps by clicking its close button.
The price of ModernMix is $4.99 (at the time this article was written). For more information on ModernMix and Stardock, just follow the links below: