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Run multiple applications in one window

by Mike Williams

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Windows 8, Windows Vista (32 bit)
Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 06 July 2017
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Run multiple applications in one window

TaskSpace is a portable tool which allows you to run multiple programs in a single desktop window.

Suppose, for example, you're running Firefox, checking figures on a website, doing some maths on Windows Calculator, and making notes in Notepad.

Normally you'd launch each program separately, and arrange them one by one. They'd take up three buttons on your taskbar, and you'd have to manage and reorganise them individually.

Here, all you have to do is drag and drop each program window onto TaskSpace. They're automatically arranged to fit the space, and then run inside the TaskSpace window. You can use the single TaskSpace taskbar button to access your programs, and Alt+Tab similarly has just one thumbnail to cover every TaskSpace application.

Right-clicking a window title bar when you're done provides an option to detach that application and run it individually again.

We found this doesn't always work. Dragging and dropping some programs had no effect (running TaskSpace as an administrator may help). For others, TaskSpace displayed alerts saying they weren't compatible, or recommended we make some system change first.

Even if a program did appear in the window, it wasn't always usable (Paint.NET docked correctly, but refused to display a File > Open dialog).

The automatic window rearrangement was a problem, too, regularly repositioning windows in a way that we didn't expect. (The title bar right-click menu has an option to turn this off, fortunately.)

TaskSpace did work well with other applications, though, so the best approach is probably to try it out and see if the program can deliver for you.

Version (Changelog):

 - EULA changed:
    1. TaskSpace is provided as freeware, but only for private, non-commercial use
       (that means at home).
    2. TaskSpace is free for educational use (schools, universities, museums and libraries) 
       and for use in charity or humanitarian organisations. 
    3. If you intend to use TaskSpace at your place of business or for commercial purposes, 
       please register and purchase it.


TaskSpace is trying to do something that's technically quite difficult, and it's no surprise that it doesn't work at all with some applications. It runs just fine with others, though, and as the program's also free and portable there's no penalty in trying it out. If you're interested in the core idea, give it a try.

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Windows 10 October 2018 Update (build 1809)

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This is the latest version of Windows October 2018 Update. it's a media creation tool that can be used to upgrade an existing installation of Windows or create installation media for another PC. Just make your choice after launching the tool and it'll do the rest.

What was new in Windows 10, when it was released? The OS brought back the Start Menu, though with a Windows 8 twist: live tiles keep you up-to-date with the latest news while also providing an easy way to launch apps. (Don't worry if you prefer the Start Screen, it's still there and you can boot into it if you prefer.)

Apps now work much more like regular desktop programs. They have minimise, maximise, restore and close buttons, and can be resized (to a degree) and organised however you like.

If you've still lost track of a program in the mass of open windows, a new Task Spaces feature can help. Click its taskbar button and you'll see thumbnails for everything running now, a little like OS X's Mission Control - just click something to switch to it.

Better still, Task Spaces also supports virtual desktops. Add extra desktops as required and it'll display thumbnails of each one, making it easy to identify whatever you're after and switch to it.

There's also smarter snapping, new customisation options, and even a bunch of experimental additions to the command prompt.

Fall Creators Update brings a whole host of new features for Windows 10. See the Microsoft Blog for more information.

The Windows 10 ISO here will give you build 1809 which is the October 2018 Update.