Task View and Virtual Desktops in Windows 10

In the Windows 10, now you can launch separate virtual desktops. For many years this feature is available on Mac and Linux. Now it has become also a feature of Windows 10. Well, you could experience it on your Windows Windows 7 or 8 with a Microsoft solution, Desktops 2.0 is available from Sysinternals.

Task View and Virtual Desktops in Windows 10

What is a Virtual Desktop?

A virtual desktop is not same thing as desktop virtualization. Virtualization is running a separate operating system instance on top of an already-existing OS.

A virtual desktop means to extend computer user’s workspace, by having multiple desktop windows. In the each Virtual Desktop user will be able to open an app or more apps. For example in one desktop you could open an app that you work with and on another desktop your messaging app.

Windows 10 TaskView

How to Use Windows 10 Task View and Virtual Desktops

To use this mode, there are two ways in Windows 10.

First on, you click on that Task View icon from the task bar, which will open task viewer.

The second method you have to press the Win + Tab keys simultaneously. This will open task viewer too.

Windows 10 TaskView 1

Once the Task Viewer is open. You will have some desktops available. If you look at the screenshot above you will see that you have two desktops from which you can choose. The applications running on the current desktop are shown in the middle of the screen. Also each window is labeled at the top and can be clicked on to switch to a specific application

To switch between application you can use the Alt + Tab keys. Also on the right you have + New Desktop button. Which creates a new desktop without any applications open.

Other possibilities includes to move an open app window to another desktop. In this way you can organize your desktops and running apps. Another functionality is to close all instances of an application, it only affects the desktop that you’re currently using. For example if you have the same application on a different desktop, it will not be closed.

Hope that this post was helpful for you. Here are some more important things about Windows 10 that you should not miss:

How to Switch From 32-bit Windows 10 to 64-bit Windows 10 – Read here

Windows 10: Uninstalling Built-in Apps – Read Here

How to Fix Blurry Fonts in Windows 10 – Read Here

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