How to use multiple desktops on Windows 10

Windows 10 has made it extremely easy to set up and use multiple virtual desktops in Windows 10. Multiple desktops are great for keeping unrelated, ongoing projects organized, or for quickly hiding from the boss that browser game you can't stop playing.

How to create a new virtual desktop in Windows 10

  1. Click the Task View button in your taskbar. (It looks like a square over a rectangle.)
    • You can also use the Windows key + Tab shortcut on your keyboard, or you can swipe with one finger from the left of your touchscreen.
  2. Click New Desktop. (It's located in the bottom right corner of your screen.)

    Click the Task View button. Click New Desktop.

That's it. Easy, right? There's also a Ctrl + Windows key + D keyboard shortcut that will immediately create a new virtual desktop.

 

How to switch between virtual desktops on Windows 10 PC

  1. Click the Task View button in your taskbar. (It looks like a square over a rectangle.)
    • You can also use the Windows key + Tab shortcut on your keyboard, or you can swipe with one finger from the left of your touchscreen.
  2. Click Desktop 2 or any other virtual desktop you've created.

    Click the Task View button. Click Desktop 2.

You can switch back to your original desktop at any time by following the above steps but choosing Desktop 1. There's also a Ctrl + Windows key + Left and right arrow keyboard shortcut that you can use to switch between virtual desktops. Using a device with a touchpad? You can perform a four-finger swipe left or right to switch between virtual desktops.

 

How to move windows between virtual desktops on Windows 10 PCs

There are two ways you can move windows between virtual desktops. First, you can click and drag windows; second, you can right-click the window and use the menu.

Click-and-drag method

  1. Click the Task View button in your taskbar. (It looks like a square over a rectangle.)
    • You can also use the Windows key + Tab shortcut on your keyboard, or you can swipe with one finger from the left of your touchscreen.
  2. Click and hold the window you want to move.
  3. Drag and release the window on an alternate desktop.

    Click and hold the window you want to move. Drag and release it on an alternate desktop.

Right-click menu method

  1. Click the Task View button in your taskbar. (It looks like a square over a rectangle.)
    • You can also use the Windows key + Tab shortcut on your keyboard, or you can swipe with one finger from the left of your touchscreen.
  2. Right-click on the window you'd like to move to another desktop.

    Click the Task View button. Right-click the window.

  3. Hover your cursor over Move to.
  4. Click the desktop to which you'd like to move the window.

    Hover your cursor over Move to. Click an alternate desktop.

You can move windows back and forth between desktops to your heart's content.

 

How to duplicate windows across virtual desktops

Certain windows or collections of windows from one app can be duplicated across all virtual desktops.

  1. Click the Task View button in your taskbar. (It looks like a square over a rectangle.)
    • You can also use the Windows key + Tab shortcut on your keyboard, or you can swipe with one finger from the left of your touchscreen.
  2. Right-click an active window.

    Click the Task View button. Right-click the window.

  3. Click Show this window on all desktops to duplicate a single window.
  4. Click Show windows from this app on all desktops to duplicate all windows from one app.

    Click Show the windows on all desktops. Click Show windows from this app on all desktops.

 

How to remove a virtual desktop in Windows 10

  1. Click the Task View button in your taskbar. (It looks like a square over a rectangle.)
    • You can also use the Windows key + Tab shortcut on your keyboard, or you can swipe with one finger from the left of your touchscreen.
  2. Hover your cursor over the desktop you'd like to remove.
  3. Click the X in the top-right corner of the desktop icon.

    Hover your cursor over a desktop. Click the X in the top-right corner.

Open and running windows in a desktop you close will be moved back to your original desktop. You can also use the Ctrl + Windows key + F4 keyboard shortcut to immediately close the virtual desktop you're currently viewing.

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