Using Windows 10

Switching between virtual desktops

The idea of virtual desktops is straightforward: Instead of just a single desktop, you create a second, third, fourth, and so on. On each desktop, you arrange individual programs or combinations of apps you want to use for a specific task. Then, when it’s time to tackle one of those tasks, you switch to the virtual desktop and get right to work.

To create a desktop, click New Desktop at the top of the Task View window.

Virtual desktops show up as a row of thumbnails along the top of the Task View window, like this:

The system depicted here has three virtual desktops, of which the second is currently active. You can switch from one virtual desktop to another by clicking its thumbnail. You’ll notice that your taskbar changes to reflect the makeup of the current desktop.