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Force a non-metro app to run fullscreen outside the desktop?

Is there a way to make regular software in Windows 8 appear as a Modern UI app? I know I can simply run desktop apps fullscreen, but that doesn't provide the convenience of swiping from the left to switch apps; I can only swipe onto the desktop, from which I have to use the old-style taskbar to switch desktop apps. Alternatively, is there a way to make Metro apps appear as a regular app on the taskbar? (This I very much doubt.) Whatever it is, I just want a little more consistency.

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marked as duplicate by Tom Wijsman, Karan, Dennis, 8088, Indrek Nov 1 '12 at 20:36

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Most of what you ask has been covered by threads such as Force a non-metro app to run fullscreen outside the desktop?, Windowed Application in Non-Desktop Mode, Suspend Modern UI app to taskbar etc. As for whether a wrapper is possible, that might be a question better suited to StackOverflow. I don't see the advantage really to doing this. –  Karan Nov 1 '12 at 19:49
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I wouldn't mind the Windows 8 paradigm so much if there weren't such a sharp edge between Metro and the traditional UI. I'd just like to push the OS one way or the other. –  thirtythreeforty Nov 1 '12 at 19:54
    
Yeah, there's been plenty of discussion about removing Metro and so on. Can't be done without 3rd party apps, and possibly even then not completely. This version of Windows on desktops/non-touch devices at least has a serious case of split personality disorder. :) –  Karan Nov 1 '12 at 19:56
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Yes. I'm not sure how you could do it though. If the title bar of a Desktop App is removed (including the min./max./close buttons) and it runs in full screen, it would appear to be a Modern UI App. One such example is Google Chrome. If you set it as the default browser and launch it from the Start Screen, it would run as a Modern UI App. I doubt Google officially supports it, instead, I think its Windows that wraps it as a Modern UI App.

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Huh. Interesting. Thanks for the tip; I'll have to look into this! –  thirtythreeforty Nov 4 '12 at 4:08
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