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Working With Virtual desktops On Windows 10

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The virtual desktops feature in Windows 10 is called “Task View” and is located on the Task bar. Windows 10 was built to be a touch-friendly operating system, but Microsoft isn’t slacking on keyboard and mouse support. Windows-Tab launches the Task View tool, which displays all your open windows at once and reveals the New Desktop option in the lower right-hand corner. Yep, Windows finally has a virtual desktop interface (VDI), but it’s fairly basic. Unlike OS X and Linux.

Use virtual desktops feature

You can’t use them to organize different sets of application shortcuts, folders, or files. You can’t apply wallpaper or color schemes that are unique to each VDI. In Windows 10, any of those things that you apply to your “real” desktop is mirrored across all the VDIs that you have created. Still, it’s a good start.

Once you’ve created a new desktop, you can switch between it and your “real” desktop by pressing Windows-Ctrl and the left or right arrow key. All open windows share your original taskbar, which makes them easier to keep track of, but things also may get squished. Create a little more real estate down there by right-clicking the taskbar, selecting Properties, checking the box next to “Use small icons,” clicking the Apply button and then OK to close the menu.

Virtual Desktop

If you have multiple displays plugged in, virtual desktops may not be as useful. But you can move an application window from one display to another by pressing Windows-Shift-Left Arrow or -Right Arrow. This shortcut has actually been around since Windows 7.

Add Another Desktop

Oddly, you can’t use this short cut combo to move a window from one Windows 10 VDI to another. The virtual desktops feature in Windows 10 is called “Task View” and is located on the Task bar. Clicking the “Task View” button brings up the Task View interface, where you can see your open windows on virtual desktops you’ve added. When you open the Task View interface for the first time, or you only have one desktop, the “Add a desktop” button is available. Click it to add another virtual desktop.Now, when you click the “Task View” button, all your desktops display on the Task View interface. In the example below, there are no windows open on either of the desktops. If you have program windows open on your desktops, they show on the thumbnails of the desktops on the Task View interface. When you move your mouse over a desktop on the Task View interface, the open programs on that desktop display as large thumbnails above the Task View interface. Click on one of the large thumbnails to make that program (and the corresponding desktop) active. It’s similar to the old Alt + Tab feature from previous versions of Windows. Click on a desktop on the Task View interface to make that desktop active.

Switch between multiple desktops

You can switch desktops using the keyboard, as well. To do this, press the Windows key + Tab. The programs on the currently active desktop display as large thumbnails. As discusses above and the thumbnail for the currently active program on that desktop is outlined. Now, press Tab again. This removes the outline from the active program thumbnail and Task View interface active. Use the arrow keys to move among the desktops on the Task View interface. When you have highlighted the desktop to which you want to switch, press Enter.

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Windows indicates when a program is open on other desktop be putting a line under that program’s icon on the Task-bar. Clicking the icon not only activates the program, but also the desktop on which it is open.

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