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For example, is there a way that you can run your web browser or another program from inside a fullscreen program? I'm using Windows 7.

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What do you mean by running a program from inside a fullscreen program? Like F11 in your web browser? – heavyd Oct 12 '12 at 21:28
Yeah, that's not really clear. Windows isn't like Mac OS X where fullscreen windows really are "Fullscreen", full screen on windows is done on the programmers side of things. How they incorporate it changes depending on the purpose of things. – Josiah Oct 13 '12 at 2:26

I am not sure if your question is related to being able to run a window within a full screen window, launch another program while you have a full screen window open, or have multiple applications running simultaneously. So, I will answer all three.

To be able to run a program in the same window as the full screen window you are using would require that the full screen application be programmed to support this feature. This is not something you can simply incorporate if the program is truly 'full screen' which changes the Windows resolution. It is not possible to have a program on top of another program when using full screen because true full screen applications take focus. This is different from maximized, though. Being maximized and full screen are different.

To lauch another program while you have a full screen window open can be done by press Ctrl + Esc to open the Start Menu and running the application, but you would lose focus on the full screen application and it would be minimized in the process. It is possible to do this by using a program that watches for keystrokes, though, and using it to launch the program in the background; however, it would not be visible unless you lost full screen focus.

You could have multiple applications running simultaneously and simply switch between them using Alt + Tab, but that would also require losing full screen focus.

Many applications will allow you to use Ctrl + Enter to put the full screen application into windowed mode. From there, you could simply maximize the window without worrying about using full screen focus which would cause your resolution change. This is probably the best suggestion.

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