Today I Learned: How to Use Multiple Desktops in Windows 10

When you receive Windows 10, you may notice a new feature on your toolbar. This is the Task View pane. Task View allows you to see all of the programs that are currently open on your desktop and you will be able to toggle through them. However, this feature also allows you to create additional desktops.

Using multiple desktops can allow you to better organize your programs and job functions. You may want one desktop to keep your email and Skype for Business chat. On the next, you can have Excel, PRISM, and Word open. This can help you to organize your actions and see multiple things without having to minimize what you are working on.

To get the task view:

  1. There are multiple ways to get the task view open. You can click on the Task View button on the task bar.
  2. You can also press the Windows Key + Tab

To create a new desktop:

  1. In the Task View pane, click New Desktop to add another desktop.
  2. To open a new desktop quickly, you can press the Windows Key + Ctrl + D

To move items to the new desktop:

  1. To move a window from one desktop to another, open the Task View pane and then right-click the program you want to move. You will then see an option that says Move and select the desktop that you would like to move it to.

To move between desktops:

  1. When you want to move between each of your desktops, open the Task View pan and click on the desktop you want to move to.
  2. You can also do this by pressing the keyboard shortcuts Windows Key + Ctrl + Left Arrow and Windows Key + Ctrl + Right Arrow.

To close a desktop:

  1. Open the Task View pane and hover over the desktop you would like to close. After a few seconds, a small X will appear in the upper right corner. Click the X to close the desktop.
  2. You can also close the desktop you are currently in by pressing Windows Key + Ctrl + F4. Please make note that this will not close the programs you have open. They will be moved to the first desktop.


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