Yes, this computer allows you to use apps simultaneously. Not only can you have 2 apps running at the same time but you can also see them at the same time in the screen. You can have up to 3 apps working together. To do this open an app from the Start screen. Go back to the Start screen and open another app. Using the trackpad swipe right from the left edge of the screen to display the last app that was opened. Swipe right from the left edge of the screen until you see a column divider to display both apps at the same time. When opening three apps, three columns would be needed.
If the screen does not show an image or you know that the computer is on but you get a blank screen, the problem could be fixed by checking several things. The first thing to keep in mind is that the power saving commands of the computer blank the screen when not in use. Try touching any key on the keyboard to bring the screen back. If this does not work then follow these steps: 1. Check the brightness level on the computer because it might be too low. Adjust it until you can see an image on the screen. 2. Check to see if your settings are set for an external monitor. This will turn off your computer screen. Press <Fn>+<F5> to open the display menu and select the display back to the computer. 3. The computer could be in hibernate or sleep mode. Press and release the power key to resume screen. For more information, please refer to the troubleshooting page for this device.