How to use Virtual Desktops on Windows 10

Among the best features of Windows 10, one that is very useful is that of virtual desktops which allows you to open different programs on different desktops. A virtual desktop is a separate desktop environment from the initial one. In other words, if you have your desktop with a program open, you can create a new desktop where that program disappears and where you can open other windows. It is a useful function both from the point of view of privacy, to cover the activities that are being done on the PC at that time, and from the point of view of work, to be able to keep multiple programs open without iconizing them on the taskbar.

To use virtual desktops in Windows 10 there is no need to install external programs, but simply press the Task View button on the taskbar, the one located near the search. Once the activity view is open, at the top, you can press the + New desktop button , to create a new, clean virtual environment.

You can also create a new virtual desktop in Windows 10 by pressing the Windows-Tab keys on the keyboard together or by pressing the Windows-CTRL-D keys together , which allows you to create and immediately view the new virtual desktop created.

In Task View, if you have created other desktops, you can press on their title to change their name or press the X to close them. You can also press the Windows shortcut + Ctrl + F4 to close a virtual desktop . To switch between virtual desktops, you can open the Task View pane and press on the desktop you want to switch to, or use the keyboard shortcuts Windows + Ctrl + Left Arrow and Windows Key + Ctrl + Right Arrow. The only problem with virtual desktops is that they forget they exist. To move a window from one desktop to another , you must first open the Task View bread

 

 

and hover over the desktop containing the window you want to move. Once the windows of that desktop appear (still remaining in task view), right-click on the thumbnail of the window you want to move and then click Move to to choose the desktop you want to move the window to. From the task view screen, you can also drag and drop windows from one virtual desktop to another.

To make the most of this feature of Windows 10 there is also a small free program that you can install in Windows 10 to add being able to open a program in another virtual desktop, quickly . Having this option at your fingertips, virtual desktop becomes a feature that can be used every day and at any time.

The tool that allows you to open programs the ” Open on virtual desktop ” menu in the right-click context menu is Download vDesk , a tool that, once installed on the PC, does not remain running in memory and simply adds its function in Windows 10.

once the program is installed, you can start any program in a new virtual desktops by pressing together the key Windows-R and executing the command: vDesk run: notepad .

With this tool you can also create an icon that opens a certain specific file or program always in a new virtual Windows 10 desktop . For example, to always open Chrome on a virtual desktop, right click on the desktop to create a New -> Shortcut targeting: vdesk run: chrome.

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