Windows 10 Basics: How to Use Multiple Desktops

Windows 10 brings something that end-users have been wanting for ages, Multiple Desktops / Virtual Desktops. But how do they actually work in Windows 10? How do you create a new Desktop. How do you switch between Multiple Desktops with shotcuts, How do you move Applications to other Desktops. All good questions and they all will be answered in this guide, we will even tackle more!

Enough talking! Let’s get going on How to Use Multiple Desktops in Windows 10.

Table of Contents

  1. Opening Task View Pane
  2. Adding a New Desktop
  3. Switching between Desktops
  4. Moving Applications and Apps between Desktops
  5. Closing Virtual Desktops

 

1. Opening Task View Pane

To add a Virtual Desktop, open up the Task View Pane by pressing the Windows Key and TAB Key at the same time, or by clicking the Task View button as displayed below.

Windows 10 Task View Windows 10 Basics: How to Use Multiple Desktops how to use multiple desktops

2. Adding a New Desktop

Read “1. Opening Task View Pane” and open Task View. Now that Task view should has been opened. You can click on Add a Desktop and add a Virtual Desktop. as displayed below. That’s really all that’s to it, nothing more nothing less.

 

Windows 10: Add a new Virtual Desktop Windows 10 Basics: How to Use Multiple Desktops how to use multiple desktops

Windows 10: Add a new Virtual Desktop

Did you know? You can also quickly add a desktop by using the shortcut CTRL + Windows Key + D (press those at same time)!

 

3. Switching between Desktops

Read “1. Opening Task View Pane” and open Task View. You can simply click then on the Desktop you want to use. Windows will switch to that desktop and display all the windows you had open at the time.

Windows 10: Task Viewer Switch between Desktops Windows 10 Basics: How to Use Multiple Desktops how to use multiple desktops

Windows 10: Task Viewer Switch between Desktops

Did you know? You can also quickly switch between Virtual Desktops by pressing the CTRL + Windows Key + Left Arrow to go the previous Virtual Desktop and  CTRL + Windows Key + Right Arrow

 

4. Moving Applications and Apps between Desktops

Read “1. Opening Task View Pane” and open Task View. If you want to move applications from your current desktop to another desktop, then within the Task View, click and drag / tap and hold the application to the desktop you want. If you want to move applications from another desktop to another then open the desktop you want to move the applications from and then use Task View to click and drag / tap and hold the application to the desktop you want.

It might sound hard, therefore we made a video for you explaining how it works.

5. Moving Applications and Apps between Desktops

Read “1. Opening Task View Pane” and open Task View. From within the Task View you can easily close Virtual Desktops by hovering over them and then clicking / tapping on the X.

Windows 10: Closing Virtual Desktops Windows 10 Basics: How to Use Multiple Desktops how to use multiple desktops

Windows 10: Closing Virtual Desktops

Did you know? You can also quickly close Virtual Desktops by pressing the CTRL + Windows + F4 key at the same time. This will close the currently active desktop

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Yuri Pustjens
Yuri Pustjens
2014, 2015 & 2016 Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Windows Yuri specializes in troubleshooting (crash analysis and devices), system resource utilisation and system performance. He is also very interested in Customer Security. Yuri can be found as Windows Community Moderator and Wiki Author on Microsoft Answers and is active on different communities all across the web.

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