Virtual desktops are one of the coolest new features to be introduced in Windows 10. If you’re looking for a way to maximize the different ways you use your PC, you’re in luck. These “virtual” desktops let you create different set-ups based on different ways you work. Whether you play games, work from home, or just want layouts for different ways you PC, virtual desktops are for you.
Let’s look at how virtual desktops in Windows 10 work, how you can customize them, and why this is an important feature to add to Windows PCs.
Windows 10 Virtual Desktops
Virtual desktops allow you to create multiple desktops to switch back and forth to as you see fit. The Mac OS has this feature since a while. You can have one desktop space dedicated to Social Networking and other to productivity and yet another to designing or programming. You can keep the apps, files and shortcut for each desktop segregated so that you can focus on one thing at a time and access all the resources in one go.
Combined with Task View, you can easily multitask and switch out desktops as necessary.
Use the keyboard shortcut WIN + TAB to open the Task View window.
At the bottom of the screen, you’ll be able to click “Add a desktop” to get started with virtual desktops.
Any windows, apps, or desktop programs, shortcuts, etc. that are on your desktop will be saved to that virtual desktop for you to open and switch to any time you want.
If you change-up how the desktop looks, you can then add that to your virtual desktops, and again, switch back and forth as needed. Virtual desktops are, in fact, that simple to use.
If you want to switch between your virtual desktops, you can use the following keyboard shortcuts:
WIN + CTRL + LEFT or RIGHT ARROW
You can also open the Task View and manually switch to that desktop.
If you want to close a desktop, use the following shortcut:
WIN + CTRL + F4
This will not only close a desktop, but it will delete it from your selection of virtual desktops.
If you want to move active windows between virtual desktops, you can do so by opening up Task View then right-clicking on the window.
Click “Move to,” then select the desktop you want to move it to.
When using one desktop, if you have open programs in another virtual desktop, you’ll see it in the taskbar with a small bar below the taskbar quick launch icon.
Troubleshooting Windows 10 Virtual Desktops
There are still a few issues with virtual desktops. One of the biggest issues with this feature currently is that sometimes apps and windows just don’t save when creating a virtual desktop. This is a known issue with no fix, yet.
Another issue is when you switch to a different virtual desktop; sometimes they just don’t open and are stuck in limbo. You can’t even delete them to get rid of them. Another known issues that has no fix either.
Virtual desktops, or multiple desktops, no matter what you call it should’ve been added to Windows years ago. This feature, combined with Task View, is one of the best ways to multitask on a Windows machine. You can easily switch between a work-related or personal workspace and not mix up the programs and files that you need access to in each situation.
If you’re looking for ways to stay on top of what you’re doing, work on multiple themes at once, or more, virtual desktops is one way to do that and a perk to using Windows 10.