Handling multiple desktops in Windows 10

Introduction

Series of articles regarding finding your way about new Windows 10. A nice feature that comes along with Windows 10, is the ability to handle multiple desktops. This may sound a little gimmicky but, it helps avoid clutter if you’re a single monitor user (or multiple monitors for that matter!), and helps you organise your desktop to work more efficiently.

Creating a desktop.

All multiple desktop control is handled by the new task icon located on the new task bar, the “overlapping” screens icon can be found next to the new search icon (I still miss the charms)

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Without any other additional desktops open clicking on the icon prompts to + Add a new desktop. Simply click on the prompt to open a new desktop, and be taken immediately to that new desktop. Each desktop has its own independent start menu feature

* It can get a little confusing opening up a new desktop if you don’t have applications open already as the desktops currently all have the exact same background as each other, and no easily distinguishable marker to identify them.

Note once you have applications open on the desktops things become a lot clearer, as the originating desktop applications is referred to as “home” in desktop views, as you find out later

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Navigating the desktops

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Once you have an additional desktop open can move between them simply by clicking back on the task icon which will reveal the following

In the shot above the middle desktop is the newly opened one, the left most is the originating window, and the rightmost one allows you to open another (if so required)

Its also possible to cycle through desktops for those brave enough to use the windows shortcut keys from the keyboard with Windows Key + Ctrl + Left Arrow and Windows Key + Ctrl + Right Arrow

 

Moving a Window between desktops

To move a window from one desktop to another, you first have to open up the Task View pane and then hover over the desktop containing the window you want to move.

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The windows on that desktop will pop up; find the window you want to move, right-click it, and go to Move to and choose the desktop you want to move the window to, from the presented list of open active desktops available.

Luckily the open desktop bar a will show you where you’ve move the window to. Active windows such as browsers office applications etc, can all window “hop”.

Closing the desktops

This really is quite easy, as to close a virtual desktop, simply 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. You can also close desktops without going into the Task View pane by using the keyboard shortcut Windows Key + Ctrl + F4 (this will close the desktop you’re currently on).

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