How cool it would be if we had the same system at work as well as at home without having to switch the user all the time? I know it would make life much much easier organising stuffs separately for all kinds of personalities I possess. Like a complete desktop for travel related stuffs, then other for blogging, another one for office, one more for photography…and so on… Well folks the good guys developing the Windows10 at Microsoft seem to have heard this need and now Virtual Desktops come in built with Windows10. Read on to know more about Virtual Desktops on Windows 10.

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The team at Microsoft had a few goals while developing the Virtual Desktop. Here are some high-level goals which they identified:

  • Give you more desktop space to group related windows
  • Help you quickly locate and switch to any window or group of windows
  • Let you easily re-organize your groups and move windows as tasks evolve
  • Keep you in control of the degree of separation between your grouped windows
Add as many desktops as you need

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To add a new desktop simply click the task view button on your taskbar and click the “new desktop” button. Just like how you can run as many application windows as you like, there’s also no limit to how many desktops you can create.

Task view is also where you can go to switch between desktops. The top part of this view shows previews of the windows you have open, just like Alt+Tab. However, task view also is able to filter this list when you create virtual desktops, so only the relevant windows appear. Under that you will find the list of desktops you have open. The labels along with accurate previews make it easy to find what you want to switch to. However, what if you’re trying to find that music player and you forgot which desktop you had it on? With hover preview it really is a breeze. Just hover over each desktop preview and Windows will let you peek into any desktop to see what windows are open there. That’s right, no need to switch to one desktop at a time to search for the window you’re looking for! You can even click on the app preview from task view to bring that window straight to the top.

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You can now drag any window into the desktop you want to move it to right from task view. You can even drag a thumbnail to the “new desktop” button to create and move it to a new desktop in one step.

For the keyboard inclined users, you’ll appreciate some of these shortcut combos to accelerate your virtual desktop experience.

WIN + CTRL + LEFT/RIGHT: Switch to previous or next desktop
WIN + CTRL + D: Create a new desktop
WIN + CTRL + F4: Close the current desktop
WIN + TAB: Launch task view

To know more about Virtual Desktops or give suggestions to improve go here.

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