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I am looking for a utility that will allow my screen to be split into two sections. I would like to do this so that programs can easily fill or get sized properly to one part of the screen. This way I can pretend that I have a separate monitor for working on my stuff, while my kids can watch something on the other side. In addition, this should help prevent any popups covering up their side of the screen.

Although Windows 7 comes with ability to drag a program window to a side and it becomes sized to half of the screen automatically, this is insufficient for me. I would like to make sure that any programs I launch or any pop-ups that open up, do not block the other side of the screen, even for a short time. Also, I am not looking for a virtual OS solution, as in VirtualBox.

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Do any of the answers from superuser.com/questions/1649/windows-split-desktop-utility work for you? If you would like the two to be completely isolated, well, I've actually had popups and similar jump across a desktop extended across two physical monitors... –  Bob Apr 15 '12 at 4:28
    
Great find, I will give it a try. You should post your comment as an answer. –  dabest1 Apr 15 '12 at 4:33
    
It's not an answer, more of a "possible duplicate".. but I'll wait and see if they work for you before flagging as duplicate. Someone else answered anyway. –  Bob Apr 15 '12 at 4:39
    
In looking at the post above and checking out several programs, I am finding that they are lacking the feature I am looking for. taoyue is correctly stating that it is still one screen to the operating system. What I need is something that tricks Windows into thinking that I have two monitors. –  dabest1 Apr 15 '12 at 4:43
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Not everything is free my friend. ;) –  Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Apr 15 '12 at 5:21

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It's probably simpler just to hook up a second monitor.

There are plenty of programs that split a screen into sections and let you dock windows to various parts of the monitor. This would get you more control over the division than the simple 50/50 of Aero Snap. See, e.g., Windows Split Desktop Utility

But that doesn't solve your need to prevent windows from opening on the other part of the screen. It's still one screen to the system.

What you need is a way to split a screen into two virtual screens so that you can use the multi-monitor features of Windows. If the kids' movies are on the secondary "screen," then they will not be bothered by popups while you work on the primary "screen."

Such a feature would have to be implemented by the display driver, and I've yet to see one that implemented it. (Even Matrox's "Desktop Divider" feature is just a fancier version of the screen section management software mentioned above -- it doesn't actually present one physical screen as two logical screens to Windows.)

And even this wouldn't be perfect. If you roll over the "Show desktop" part of the taskbar, then your kids' movies will still disappear. If you drag a window, you may inadvertently cover up part of the screen.

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