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Dual monitors with two programs at the same time?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by upsguy27, Sep 28, 2008.

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  1. upsguy27

    upsguy27 Thread Starter

    Sep 28, 2008
    I have two monitors set up, and I'm trying to get it so I can be playing a game or using a fullscreen application like Vegas while typing something on the other monitor. I tried doing this, but clicking on the other window that I want to type in makes it the active window and minimizes whatever else I'm doing on the first monitor. Is there any way to either
    A) Edit a text document without making it the active window, or
    B) Allow both monitors to have active windows at the same time
    Is it possible to do any of those?
  2. TheOutcaste


    Aug 7, 2007
    Welcome to TSG!

    You can only have one Active (aka Foreground) application running. Otherwise the operating system wouldn't know where to send keyboard input.
    So the answer to both questions is no.

    Not quite sure why it would minimize the application though.


  3. fairnooks

    fairnooks Banned

    Oct 1, 2007
    Yes, I do it all the time...I must admit that I actually have 4 computers hooked up to my two monitors though. My problem is that I just don't have enough hands and eyes to keep everything "active."
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