Use Multiple Desktops for Windows Like a Pro

  • 11-08-2020 |
  • Anna Richardson|
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The Windows 10 multiple desktops functionality (also referred to as virtual desktops) is the possibility to use several separate-running desktops on just one screen. This functionality is mostly used by advanced Windows enthusiasts, but overall, it can come in handy if you’re just looking to add some more structure, convenience, and organization to your work. 

Using multiple desktops makes keeping separate in-progress projects perfectly organized. On an additional plus side, this feature will help you quickly hide that addictive video game you’re playing on a slow day at work from your boss’s prying eyes. Ready to find out how to use multiple desktops on Windows 10? Read on, learn, practice, and enjoy.

How to Create Multiple Desktops on Windows 10

Launching a new ‘parallel’ work screen on a Windows-powered monitor is a breeze. Start by hitting the ‘Task View’ button on the taskbar. Can’t find this button? Then you’ve probably accidentally deactivated it. To get it back, right-click any empty area on the taskbar and select ‘Show task view button’. Alternatively, activate the Task View by making use of the Windows + Tab hotkey. 

The Task View is a full-page application that lists all the apps currently functioning on your machine. You can choose any app on the list to instantly move to it. If launching a ‘parallel’-screen workstation is your goal, select ‘New Desktop’ in the bottom-right section of the screen. The procedure is as easy as pie, isn’t it? To speed things up even more, hit Ctrl + Windows key + D. That will work up a new virtual work screen in the blink of an eye. 

Remember that with Windows 10, you can set up a limitless number of virtual desktops for your needs. However, at the end of the day, we do not recommend setting up a huge number of virtual desktops for one single monitor. Why? Well, because in this case, you will shift away from your initial goal and descend your work into chaos. 

Jumping from One Desktop to the Other

You’ve already sorted out the creation of multiple desktops for Windows. Therefore, it’s time to master the process of switching from one virtual work screen to the other. Find a quick guide below:

1. Hit ‘Task View’ in your taskbar.

2. Select the virtual workplace you’d prefer to jump to.

As an alternative, you can take advantage of the ‘Ctrl + Windows key + Left & Right Arrow’ hotkey combination for changing your currently running virtual-screen workplace. Planning to revert back to utilizing one single desktop? It’s easy. Click ‘Task View’, roll the mouse pointer over the screen you’ve chosen to deactivate, hit the cross at the top-right page section and voilà, mission accomplished! 

To speed things up even more, use the Ctrl + Windows key + F4 hotkey combination that will instantly deactivate the virtual screen that’s functioning at the moment. For more tips and guides on Windows 10, feel free to browse our other articles and how-to guides. We’re always happy to participate in your growth and education!

Cutting to the Chase: Your Feedback


So, have you ever tried creating multiple separate desktops on a single monitor? Was it easy? How did you like it? Did the feature provide you with more organization and control over your activities? Feel free to share your thoughts on the topic in the comment section below. We appreciate your feedback greatly.

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