Virtual Desktops, have you ever heard of them inside Windows 10?

Are you like me and end up having so many applications and emails and internet pages and documents all open at the same time, that your brain goes:


So Windows 10 Virtual Desktops may be your answer.

If you only have a single monitor, having multiple virtual desktops is a very handy feature!

Even if you have multiple monitors, juggling a whole bunch of different projects on the same computer can be a challenge.

The Task View pane in Windows 10 allows you to add an unlimited number of virtual desktops quickly and easily. You can manage the view of your virtual desktop, and move applications to different desktops, show windows on all desktops or close pages on a selected desktop.

To add a virtual desktop, open up the new Task View pane by clicking the Task View button

Task View Button

(two overlapping rectangles) on the taskbar at the bottom of your screen, or by pressing the Windows Key + Tab.

You’ll see all your currently open tasks that you are working on, but look up the top right of your screen and you’ll see + New Desktop. Click on + New Desktop to add your new “virtual desktop.”

New Virtual Desktop

To switch between virtual desktops

open the Task View pane and click on the desktop you want to switch to. You can also quickly switch desktops without going into the Task View pane by using the keyboard shortcuts Windows Key + Ctrl + Left Arrow and Windows Key + Ctrl + Right Arrow.

Now you can quickly move from desktop to desktop to find all of your different projects and associated tasks!

So What Can We Use This For?

Well, let’s say your son or daughter are working on lots of different assignments for school. They could use a virtual desktop. This way they would have different desktops for those different subjects. This would help them focus without getting sidetracked with information from other places.

student on laptop

How about you at work and you are working on something for clients or customers.  You can create a new virtual desktop just for their work. Again keeping you focused on the job at hand and not getting distracted by things that come and jump into your email or your social media feed.

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