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I was wondering if anyone knew of a way to majorly shrink the divider line you have when you split your desktop into a metro app and a traditonal app, i like the abbily to keep a chat and music remote open there in a sort of full screen mode while i do other stuff, but the divider line is just a bit too large ....

Also anone know if its possible to quater the screen?

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You can't make the divider thinner, but on a fully up to date Windows 8.1 machine the divider will snap to 25-75, 50-50, 75-25 and any point you wish between those values though it will snap to those 3 points if you drag it next to them, I'm pretty sure you can have 4 apps open each taking up their own quarter slice of the screen, the only limitation is that you can't make one of these smaller than a quarter otherwise it will minimise and the app adjacent will claim it's space.

It's quite difficult to explain, but if you play about with it you'll understand it really quickly.

Here's an example using my computer:


The two windows on the left are as small as I can make them, and I can drag the divider in the centre to make the middle window a little bit bigger if I wanted to etc.
Edited by Bearybear - 5/13/14 at 3:50pm
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Sorry i meant the Black bar inbetweek the two screens, and the quater top and bottom ^_^ im guessing its not possible as i quick google shows nothing but maybe ..
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I'm unable to find any way of making it thinner, I guess it's just "optimized for touch", and irritatingly you can't put one on top of the other either. However, at some point Microsoft will be adding the ability to open store/MUI apps in normal desktop windows which should solve the problems you are having, until then there are third party applications which can add this basic functionality to Windows.
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Let me see what I can come up with... if possible.
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Hmmm... according to Spy++ the divider is of window class "ImmersiveGutter". Technically I could write a program to change the width of it (its at 22px for me by default) but I'm not sure if that would cause the snapped apps to expand their size at the same time.
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You're an absolute beast. There's only one way to find out!
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This very simple program sets the gutter to 1px
Code:
#include <Windows.h>

int main()
{
        HWND hwnd = FindWindow( L"ImmersiveGutter", L"Divider 1" );
        if ( hwnd )
        {
                RECT rc = { 0 };
                if ( GetWindowRect( hwnd, &rc ) )
                        SetWindowPos( hwnd, NULL, 0, 0, 1, rc.bottom - rc.top, SWP_NOMOVE );
        }

        return 0;
}

But it is only simple and proof of concept that you technically can change its width. Unfortunately the size resets if you use the gutter or do something else like snap a new app.

Its a bit more work to get everything to work correctly (and the app doesn't resize itself of course to fill the new space, your wallpaper simply shows through). Don't really have time to hack something like this, but if you want to tinker, code above might get you started.
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Well ill be dammed that looks awsome XD i will give it a go later smile.gif
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