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Virtual Desktops in Windows 10 – Tutorial

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Virtual Desktops in Windows 10: Overview

            You can use virtual desktops in Windows 10 to assist you in organizing apps and creating easily accessible app workspaces. To create multiple, virtual desktops, first open the apps you want to include in the first desktop. Then click the “Task view” button in the taskbar and click the “New desktop” button in the lower-right corner to create another new, virtual desktop. You can then open the apps you want to include within the second virtual desktop and repeat the process, if necessary, until you have created all of the virtual desktops you want.

            To move apps between the virtual desktops in Windows 10, click the “Task view” button and then drag an app from one desktop to another. You can also easily create another virtual desktop that contains an existing app by simply clicking and dragging an open app onto the “New desktop” button within the Task view.

            To switch between existing virtual desktops in Windows 10, click the “Task view” button and then click the virtual desktop that you want to use from the listing shown at the bottom of the view. To delete a virtual desktop, click the “Task view” button in the taskbar and then click the “X that appears in the upper-right corner of the desktop icon at the bottom of the window when you roll your mouse pointer over it.

Virtual Desktops in Windows 10 - Tutorial: A picture of a user managing multiple virtual desktops in Windows 10.

Virtual Desktops in Windows 10 – Tutorial: A picture of a user managing multiple virtual desktops in Windows 10.

Virtual Desktops in Windows 10: Instructions

  1. To create multiple, virtual desktops in Windows 10, open the apps you want to include in the first desktop.
  2. Click the “Task view” button in the taskbar and click the “New desktop” button in the lower-right corner to create another new, virtual desktop.
  3. Then open the apps you want to include within the second virtual desktop and repeat the process, if necessary, until you have created all of the virtual desktops you want.
  4. To move apps between the virtual desktops in Windows 10, click the “Task view” button and then drag an app from one desktop to another.
  5. To create another virtual desktop that contains an existing app, click and drag an open app onto the “New desktop” button within the Task view.
  6. To switch between existing virtual desktops in Windows 10, click the “Task view” button and then click the virtual desktop that you want to use from the listing shown at the bottom of the view.
  7. To delete a virtual desktop, click the “Task view” button in the taskbar and then click the “X that appears in the upper-right corner of the desktop icon at the bottom of the window when you roll your mouse pointer over it.

Virtual Desktops in Windows 10: Video Lesson

            The following video lesson, titled “Virtual Desktops,” shows you how to create and use virtual desktops in Windows 10. This video lesson is from our complete Windows 10 training, titled “Mastering Windows Made Easy v.10.”

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