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How To Multitask On Your Windows 8 Based Pc?

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The Windows 8, which is the latest Windows operating system (OS) released by Microsoft in October 2012 has introduced many new features for both desktop as well as laptop and tablet users. The OS has been released with two different environments including one for the desktop users and other for the users of tablets and other touch-enabled devices. However, it offers the same old desktop environment but it is not the same for the users of Windows 8-based Metro style apps.

Users of metro-styled users sometime face difficulty in handling many applications at the same time. Multitasking becomes a puzzle for the users who start developing a notion that the older interface is more suitable for multitasking. But don’t worry as this is just a misconception and don’t hold any truth. In this article you have been provided useful tips and information that will help you handle multitasking on Windows 8-based PCs in an easy and smooth manner.

Microsoft says that the Start Screen as well as most of the Windows 8 apps have been designed keeping in view the touch devices. Like Apple's iPad, these apps are meant for full screen in which users generally can’t resize their window to open more than one app at a time. This creates problem in multitasking.

This article offers you tips and information about how to do multitasking in Windows 8 and Windows RT devices. For multitasking it is essentially required that devices must support a snapped state for multitasking in Windows 8. However, majority of the apps running on Windows and Windows RT support snapped states but many third party apps on Windows store might not. Remember, snapped states don’t work on the devices that offer less than 1366 x 768 pixels of screen resolution.

Below listed is the step-by-step guideline for enabling multitasking on Windows 8 devices:

First of all go the Start Screen of any application you want and swipe from the left to the right edge of the home screen of the app
Now drag the opened application back to the left of the screen till the time when you see the black multitasking bar
Drag the app which you want to occupy the two-third of the screen from the multitasking bar to the screen
Now again open the multitasking bar by swiping from the left of the screen to the right
Drag the application which you want to take one-fourth of the screen from the multitasking bar to either left or right of the screen. You need to hold the apps until it resizes itself
As of now, Microsoft allows users to run only two applications at a time on the screen with ratio mentioned above. But as Microsoft has already released Windows 8.1 Preview in which users will be able to view as many as seven applications simultaneously.

You must remember that although you are not allowed to see more than one or two Metro-styled applications simultaneously but off course you can run many apps on the Windows 8 in the background without having them to be seen by the user or anyone. One such app is Xbox Music that doesn’t require users opening the app for playing music.


Brooke M. Perry is an ardent technician associated with Qresolveonline pc support , with wide experience of fixing issues with PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones. With a strong track record of devising effective ways of computer security and system security, she has so far helped thousands of users across the globe. Her writings on tech issues are the reflection of her in-depth interest and command she carries as a online tech support technician. Her blogs and articles have been rated high for their lucid style and easy to understand language.

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