How to Use Virtual Desktops in Windows 10
Windows 10 finally lets you virtualize your desktop with a simple click! You can have multiple desktops open at once, which is perfect for those who use their computer for very different types of tasks.
I love how this new feature in windows makes it easier than ever before to switch between apps and stay organized while working from home or on the go without fear that something will distract me off my game because now all focus goes where I want – into whatever task needs attention most urgently
Windows 10 allows for the creation of virtual desktops, which allow you to display different windows and apps on each. This could be used in keeping work separate from personal stuff or even putting all task-related items onto one desktop so that they’re easier to focus selectively and complete their respective tasks without distractions. While macOS and Linux have featured virtual desktops for a while—and there have been third-party apps that provided them for Windows—virtual desktops are now built into Windows 10.
Add a New Virtual Desktop
To add a new virtual desktop, click the “Task View” button on your taskbar. If you don’t see this option or have switched it off for some reason (most likely because of an error message), right-click anywhere in any open space within Task Manager and choose “Show tasks view.” To turn it on. You can also open the Task View by hitting Windows+Tab on your keyboard!
Task View is a full-screen app switcher that shows all the apps running on your PC. You can switch to any program by just clicking it and if you’ve never set up an additional virtual desktop before, Task view only has one! To add more desktops for easier management-click “New Desktop” at the bottom right corner of the active window.
Windows 10 lets you create as many desktops on your computer system, and we were able to set up 200 without any difficulty. We did find that this might be too many if they’re going for organization purposes though because it defeated the purpose of having them in the first place – which was supposed to make things easier! We highly recommend you keep virtual desktops to a minimum. After all, you’re creating them to help organize your activities. Having tons of them kind of defeats that purpose.
Switch Between Virtual Desktops
With multiple desktops, Task View allows you to see all your windows at once. Hovering over a desktop with the mouse will show you what’s open on that particular screen!
It’s easy to switch between different workspaces on the fly! Just click a desktop or specific window, and you’ll be brought into that workspace. It’s kind of like switching apps for single-monitor setups—you just have them organized into separate virtual workspaces.
Switching between virtual desktops is easy with just a few keystrokes. First, press Windows+Tab on your keyboard to bring up Task View and then release the keys when you have selected what desktop or tab option suits best for where you’re going next. You can use arrow keys while in this view if needed before pressing enter when ready!
The new virtual desktop feature is a game-changer! You can now switch between desktops without opening up Task View by just hitting Windows+Ctrl+ Left or Right arrow keys. And if you’re on the go and using one of those touch screens with four-finger swipes to move around your computer, well… good news – that works too!
Work with Windows and Apps on Virtual Desktops
Now that you’ve created a new desktop, it’s time to fill up those desktops with all of your stuff.
First things first: if you switch to a desktop and then open an app or other window there, the window opens—and stays—on that desktop. So, for example, if you switch to “Desktop 3” and open a Chrome window there, that Chrome window remains on Desktop 3 until you close it or move it to another desktop.
This is where things get a little tricky. With apps that let you open multiple windows—like, say Microsoft Word or Chrome for example–you can have different tabs in those specific programs on individual desktops while still using other browser pages and documents with another instance of this same application running at once! You could have Chrome windows, Word docs, and so on open on that desktop, and still have other Chrome windows and Word docs open on other desktops.
The Windows Store app only allows you to have a single-window open at once. If your Desktop 3 had an instance of this running, trying opening another desktop would instead take users straight into the desktop where that app is open.
And unfortunately, Windows doesn’t give you a good way—other than opening up Task View and poking around to see if an app is open on another desktop. Back to that example where the Store is open on Desktop 3: if I look at my taskbar (on Desktop three), I can see that the Store app is open (it has a line under the icon).
But look at the taskbar on any other desktop, and it looks like the app isn’t running.
You can also move apps and windows between virtual desktops. Hit Windows+Tab to open Task View. Hover your mouse over the virtual desktop containing the window you want to move. You can now drag that window to another virtual desktop.
You can also right-click a window and choose “Move To” from the menu. This will allow you to move it without having an exact location, which is useful if moving around your computer or different desktops isn’t something that interests you at this moment in time, This method is handy if know exactly where you want to move the window.
Delete a Virtual Desktop
To delete a virtual desktop, first hit Windows+Tab to open Task View. Click the “Close” button above the desktop you want to remove.
The closing of a window or app leaves its position on the desktop immediately. Close Window 3 for example and all open applications will be moved to Desktop 2
-or whatever number is appropriate depending upon how many there were before!
Treat Virtual Desktop as Temporary Workspaces for the Best Experience
Windows 10’s built-in virtual desktop feature is still pretty limited when compared to other operating systems. You can’t set different color schemes, or apply any other types of personalization. Different desktops cannot have different taskbars or even different icons on the desktop.
Whether you’re using the keyboard commands or Task View, getting to a specific desktop is not easy.
Virtual desktops are maintained after restarting your PC, but that doesn’t really do you too much good. Even if you have apps and windows set to automatically load with Windows, they’ll just open on your main desktop: Desktop 1. You’ll then have to move them to their respective desktops again after each restart. And that’s the part that takes time. Creating virtual desktops in the first place is quick and easy.
Virtual desktops in Windows 10 can be a great way to organize your activities while working on them. However, they should only ever serve as temporary spaces that help you get more done and stay focused when necessary!
The lack of a reliable third-party virtual desktop app for Windows 10 is the market’s bane. We’ve unsuccessfully looked through all available options, but so far nothing has been updated to work properly with Microsoft’s newest operating system update!