How to Use Virtual Desktops in Windows 10

Windows 10 added virtual desktops as a built-in feature. This utility allows users to have multiple desktops for a number of reasons. You can organize daily tasks, use virtual desktops for your work environment, facilitate school projects, and more.

Essentially, the technique of desktop virtualization helps users to stay organized while doing various tasks simultaneously. There are a few steps needed to create virtual desktops on your Windows 10 computer and to work on them efficiently.

Steps to Take to Create Virtual Desktops


  • To add a virtual desktop, click the Task View button on the very bottom of the screen. It opens the new Task View panel where all the desktops are stacked side by side.

  • On the right side of this panel, you will find an option to add a new desktop. You can also create a new virtual desktop by using the shortcut Win key + Ctrl + D.

  • Now you can run and group your programs within the new desktop you just created
  • You can add as many desktop screens as you want and manage all your tasks in a better way.

  • You can keep separate screens for separate tasks and simultaneously switch between them.
  • There are two keyboard shortcuts to switch between desktop screens which are Win key + Ctrl + Left arrow key and Win key + Ctrl + Right arrow key.
  • By hovering on the desktops thumbnail, you can get a quick overview of all the programs running on that particular desktop screen.
  • If you want to close a desktop then open the Task View Panel and close it from there. You can use the shortcut Win key + Ctrl + F4 as well.
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