Declutter your screen with Windows 10’s new ‘Task View’ and separate virtual desktops
Virtual desktops are a fantastic way to stay organized. For example, you might have several programs open at once for Project A. However, your manager stops by your desk and asks you to complete a task for Project B immediately. Instead of closing all of your Project A programs to avoid taskbar overload, you can make a separate desktop for each project. Separating your projects out using virtual desktops can also help you stay focused on the task at hand. The virtual desktops feature in Windows 10 is called “Task View” and is located on the taskbar.
Adding virtual desktops
To add a virtual desktop:
- Select the Task View button on the taskbar to open the Task View pane. All of your virtual desktops will display on the screen.
- In the Task View pane, click New desktop to add a virtual desktop.
- Use the Task View pane to choose which virtual desktop you want to work on.
You can easily switch between desktops by using keyboard shortcuts instead of opening the Task View pane. Use Windows Key + Ctrl + Left Arrow and Windows Key + Ctrl + Right Arrow to navigate between your virtual desktops. To cycle through all of your open windows and programs within a specific virtual desktop, use Alt + Tab.
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