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How to Utilize Task View (Virtual Desktops) in Windows 10

Posted: May 17, 2016

Categories: Windows 10

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How to Utilize Task View (Virtual Desktops) in Windows 10

If you're a single-monitor user—or even if you're not—multiple virtual desktops can be very handy. While Windows has supported this for some time, multiple desktops in Windows 10 is a mainstream feature.

If you open a lot of programs at once, this feature allows you to keep them organized, to work smarter and faster. Maybe you have a meeting in the afternoon and want to have a fresh desktop but do not want to close any applications or windows that you are working on in the morning. Perfect time to create virtual desktops!

The virtual desktops feature in Windows 10 is called “Task View” and is located on the Taskbar. Here's how to utilize this feature:


  1. Click the Task View icon on your Task Bar.Task Bar
  2. Clicking the Task View button brings up the Task View interface, where you can see your open windows on virtual desktops you’ve added.

    When you open the Task View interface for the first time, or you only have one desktop, the New desktop button is available. Click it to add another virtual desktop. NOTE: You can also quickly add a desktop without entering the Task View pane by using the keyboard shortcut: Windows Key + Ctrl + D Task Bar
  3. Now you have a "New" desktop you can tailor and customize for certain tasks.
  4. To switch between virtual desktops, click the Task View icon again on your Task Bar,  and click on the desktop you want to switch to. At the moment, you can add an unlimited number of virtual desktops; however, The Task View pane only shows nine desktops at a time.Task Bar
  5. To close a virtual desktop, open up the Task View pane, and hover over the desktop you want to close until a small X appears in the upper right corner. Click the X to close the desktop.


    Task Bar

Soon you will see how using virtual desktops is a fantastic way of organizing your work into separate manageable areas, each specific to the task at hand.

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