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How Do I Use Virtual Desktops In Windows 10

Virtual Desktops in Windows 10 can be a very handy feature, if you are used to using a Mac or just want to get the best out of your workspace then Virtual Desktops can be for you. Only using a single screen or multiple screens with a large work environment? Now you can use an unlimited amount of Virtual Desktops but there are limitations, such as workspaces do not have their own backgrounds.

How do I use Virtual Desktops in Windows 10?

To get started you can create a Virtual Desktop by bringing up the menu either from the Task View menu from the Taskbar:

TaskView Windows 10

 

 

Or alternatively by holding the Windows key and pressing the Tab button:

Virtual Desktops Windows 10

 

You will be given the option to create a New Desktop but there will also show a timeline of recent and open applications, as well as previously visited websites.  If you have two or more Virtual Desktops already open then it will just show a + symbol, it is also possible to quickly create a new desktop with the Windows Key + Ctrl and the letter D.

How do I switch between Virtual Desktops?

There are a few ways to switch as above you can bring up the Task view menu by pressing the Task View button on the Taskbar or holding the Windows Key and hitting Tab. You can then click between the desktops with the mouse. You can also jump between the desktops by holding Windows Key + Ctrl + Left Arrow or Windows Key + Ctrl + Right Arrow (depends on which Desktop is active).

How do I close the Desktop?

There are two options, if you open the Task View menu and hover your mouse over the Virtual Desktop you wish to change then a red X will appear and clicking this will close the Desktop. Alternatively you can close the active Virtual Desktop with the Windows Key + Ctrl + F4.
Close Windows 10 Desktop

Can I move between Virtual Desktops?

If you wish to move an Application Window between Virtual Desktops this can be achieved from the Task Menu and right clicking and selecting the option Move To > Select the desktop you want it to move to.
Move between Virtual Desktop Screens Windows 10

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Carl Hamilton
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