Windows 10 is undoubtedly one of the best Operating Systems out there and what makes it so amazing is the plethora of useful features offered by it. Many of these features are relatively less-known to the users like the amazing feature of setting up multiple desktops (virtual) on a Windows 10 PC. Both MacOS and Linux have been providing the multiple desktops feature for some time now, it wasn’t a surprise when Windows 10 incorporated this. This feature is really handy and can get you out of trouble in many situations if you’re able to master it.
If you’re not well aware of the Multiple Desktops feature of Windows 10, then please let us tell you that it is a huge blessing in disguise. Not only does this feature help you in keeping your stuff more organised, but it even helps you in hiding your ‘personal stuff’ in a whiff. Unable to follow? Let me explain. The Multiple Desktops feature allows the users to open an seemingly infinite number of virtual desktops. You can have a separate desktop for your work stuff, a different one for your personal stuff or fun/recreational stuff. And the best thing is that you can switch between these desktops with great ease. So no more need of closing your Facebook or Instagram tabs in case your boss walks by. Just use the amazing Multiple Desktops feature on your Windows 10 PC and you’ll be safe from the prying eyes.
However, the Windows 10 Multiple Desktop features still suffers from some lacunas as you can’t have separate wallpapers for the different desktops. Even switching between the desktops takes some time unless of course, you know the shortcut keys by heart.
If you’re wondering how to set up and use Multiple desktops on your Windows 10 PC, then let me assure you that it is not a very complicated process and after following this tutorial carefully, you’ll be easily able to set up Multiple desktops on your Windows 10 PC and maneuver through them. So just follow the steps mentioned below.
Setting Up Windows 10 Multiple Desktops
STEP 1: You can proceed in two ways for opening up multiple desktops on your Windows 10 PC. Either you can click open the Task View button located in your taskbar just beside the Search button as shown in the figure. Else, you can press the Windows key and Tab key together.
STEP 2: Now click the New Desktop icon located at the bottom right corner of your display just above the ‘time and date’ button as shown in the figure.
Note: You can skip the above two steps by just pressing ctrl + Windows key + D. This will take you directly to the third step. So just remember this shortcut key as it will come very handy.
STEP 3: Once you click the New Desktop icon, you’ll see the option of Desktop 1 & Desktop 2. While the Desktop 1 is the desktop which you were currently working on, the desktop 2 will be the new desktop.
STEP 4: You can open a seemingly infinite number of such virtual Multiple desktops by pressing the New Desktop icon again and again.
Switching Between the Opened Desktops
STEP 1: Switching between these desktops is also very easy. You can either press the Task View button or you can simply press the Windows key and Tab key together and then select the Desktop which you wish to open.
STEP 2: However, the simplest and easiest way to switch between the already opened Multiple Desktops is to use this keyboard shortcut: ctrl + Windows key + left arrow/right arrow. Just press these keys and you’ll be able to directly switch from one desktop to another.
Move Windows Between the Various Desktops
If you’re wondering whether there is a way to move an opened program/window of one desktop to another desktop? Well, the answer is yes. You can easily move an opened window/program from one desktop to another. Just follow these steps.
STEP 1: Open the ‘Task View’ button or simply press Windows key and Tab key together.
STEP 2: Right-click the program/window which you wish to move/shift to another desktop.
STEP 3: Once you right-click the program/window, you’ll get the option to either snap it left or right. If you wish to move it to another desktop. Just choose ‘Move To’ and select the desktop number to which you wish to move that program.
STEP 4: Or alternatively, you can just drag the window/program which you wish to move and then drop it on the Desktop to which you wish to move it.
It’s as simple as that. The program/windows which you selected will now be moved to the other Desktop of your choice.
Closing A Desktop
Closing a desktop is as convenient as opening a new desktop. Just follow these steps to close an already opened desktop among the various multiple desktops on your Windows 10 PC.
STEP 1: First of all, click open the ‘Task View’ button or alternatively press Windows key +Tab key together.
STEP 2: Now take the cursor to the Desktop which you wish to close. Now, a small X sign will appear on the upper right corner of the desktop above which you took your cursor.
STEP 3: Just click that ‘X’ button on the desktop which you wish to close and it will be closed.
STEP 4: You can do the same with already opened programs or windows also. Just hover over any opened Windows after opening the Task View button and then press the ‘X’ sign appearing just over it to close it.
So go on and enjoy this amazing Windows 10 offering. Use this to quickly hide your games or facebook from your boss at the office or use to keep your personal and professional stuff separate. We hope that this tutorial helped you and please let us know if you encountered any difficulty following this tutorial. In the meanwhile, stay tuned to MobiPicker for more tricks, tips, and hacks. Adios.
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