Microsoft Windows 10 has a feature for creating multiple virtual desktops that you can toggle. This provides more space to organize your workspace and helps to streamline workflow. Multiple desktops are useful if you need to run several programs at once as I do. Creating new desktops is easy and can be accomplished right from the Windows 10 taskbar or by using shortcut keys explained below. Here is an example of how I set up multiple desktops on dual monitors.
I use desktop #1 for running Photoshop (left monitor) and researching tutorials (right monitor).
Desktop #2: Web design / programming (left monitor) and FTP plus desktop files (right monitor).
Desktop #3: Communication / Networking, chat, and e-mail somewhat stacked.
Simple steps for creating multiple virtual desktops in Windows 10
1. Locate the Task View icon on the taskbar and select it (or Keyboard shortcut Windows Key + Tab). This will open any currently running tasks on the current desktop. But, if you look all the way to the bottom-right you will see a plus sign + New desktop. See step #2 below.
2. Select the + New desktop OR keyboard shortcut Windows Key + Ctrl + D to create a new desktop without any need to be in Task View.
3. Now you will have a new desktop that will appear in the Task View. By selecting desktops here you can toggle back and forth, close them by clicking the “X“, or create more. Note: While working you can toggle using the keyboard as follows using your arrow keys: Windows Key + Ctrl + Arrow Right (or Arrow Left).
Virtual desktop Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts to use while working
|Action||Virtual Desktop Keyboard Shortcut|
|Create a new virtual desktop||Windows Key + Ctrl + D|
|Toggle back-and-forth through virtual desktops created||Windows Key + Ctrl + Arrow Right (or Arrow Left)|
|Close the virtual desktop that’s currently being viewed||Windows Key + Ctrl + F4|
|Open Task View||Windows Key + Tab|
Moving virtual desktop programs from one desktop to another
1. Open Task View from the taskbar or Windows Key + Tab
2. Choose the desktop with the active program you want to move.
3. Right click on the program you want to move and choose Move to > Desktop 2 (or whatever desktop you select)