How To Use Windows 10 Virtual Desktops

DylanHodge.com Small Business IT Solutions

March 22, 2018

You may be one of the lucky ones to have two or maybe even three monitors connected to your computer at the office so this article may not be for you…unless of course you’d like to double that at no extra cost and without taking up any more desk space. Those of you without the luxury of so much screen real estate are going to love this article.

Windows 10 Virtual Desktops is a highly under utilized featured of Microsoft’s latest operating system. With a few clicks of a mouse, or shortcut keys on your keyboard (shown below) you can instantly double (or triple or more) your number of screens. Let me explain…

If you’re at your Windows 10 computer now, try this:

Look for this icon in your taskbar:

If you don’t see it, right click on an empty area of your taskbar and select the option “Show Task View Button”

Now click on it and you’ll see a screen that looks like this

To setup a new desktop click the Plus button at the bottom right corner of the screen.

You’ll now see a new virtual desktop or set of desktops if you’re using multiple monitors. They are adequately named desktop 2, desktop 3 etc.

Here’s the cool part. With that same screen showing, move your mouse (but don’t click) over one of the desktops at the bottom that has a window or one of your programs open. After a brief moment you’ll see the windows and programs show up at the top. Now left click and hold one of them and drag it to the new virtual desktop then release the mouse button.

Boom! You’ve done it. You’ve just increased your productivity by learning How To Use Windows 10 Virtual Desktops.

Now click on the desktop you’d like to use. You can switch between them by again clicking on the taskbar icon mentioned above or use the keyboard shortcut combination here: Ctrl+Windows key then press the left / right arrows to change desktops.

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