How To Use Virtual Desktops and Task View in Windows 10

Windows 10 comes with two new features, Task View and Virtual Desktops. However, Virtual Desktops are not new in Windows system. They were first introduced with Windows XP Power Toys. Virtual Desktops are a powerful way to organize and access groups of multiple application windows. There are many third party utilities available, which can enable Virtual Desktops on your Windows System, but Microsoft has now embedded this utility right into Windows 10.

In Windows 10, you can add unlimited numbers of Virtual Desktops, quickly and easily. Let’s have a quick look, how to add and use multiple desktop on your Windows 10 system?

As I mentioned before, Task View and Virtual Desktops are two new features that has been introduced in Windows 10. So before we add some more Virtual Desktops, first let me tell you about the new Task View feature.

Task View is an alternative to the most popular, Windows + Tab key, which was introduced in Windows 7 as Flip 3D, to switch between open applications. However, the new designed has been changed into Tiles format, and these tiles stay there, until you choose an application to switch to, or press the Task View button again to close, or press Escape key. While in Task View, either you can use your Mouse to switch between applications, or you can use arrow keys to move between open applications, and then just hit enter to switch.

To create a new Virtual Desktop, you again need to use Task View. Press Task View once, and at the bottom right corner of the screen, you will find an option, “New Desktop”. Clicking this button will instantly create a new virtual desktop. If you want to add more virtual desktops, then just press New Desktop button that many times.

Switching between Virtual Desktops is easy. If you have more than one desktop available, then clicking Task View will not only show you the open applications, but will also display the number of virtual desktop available. Just click the desktop number where you want to move. If you just hover over these virtual desktops, then you can see the tiles view of open applications.

You can also switch between virtual desktops using Windows + Control + Left or Right arrow key. You can also watch our other video about, 25 best keyboard shortcut keys for Windows 10.

If you want to move an application to another desktop then, either you can right-click on the application icon in the task view, and then choose move to option, or you can simple drag and drop the application icons between virtual desktops.

To close a Virtual Desktop, click the Task View button, and then hover over the desktop that you want to close, until a cross appears on the top right corner. Click the Cross button to remove the desktop. The applications running on that virtual desktop will get automatically transfer to other virtual desktop.

So, this was all about the Task View and Virtual Desktop. Hope you may have learned something new.

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