How to use multiple desktops in Windows 10

Multiple desktops in Windows 10

Windows 10 is an operating system that has received a good number of news regarding Windows 8 : the return of the start menu, the appearance of the voice assistant Cortana ... Although some of them are not so obvious. Microsoft has introduced a very interesting feature for users who are used to working with many applications at the same time. This is the ability to use multiple desktops in Windows 10 in the same session. Each of these desktops has its own windows and open applications. We tell you how the multiple desktop works in Windows 10 and all the options it offers.

Microsoft wanted to offer users a very useful tool to work with many applications at the same time. The ability to use many desks at the same time gives us a lot of versatility to avoid having to rummage through the open windows, and have them more organized. This feature works through the task view , which is the first icon we see just to the right of the Cortana box.

Once inside this panel, we will have a view with all the application windows open as a thumbnail. In itself, this view is very useful to move between the programs that we are using and to close those that are not necessary. As you go through each of the thumbnails, an X-shaped button appears in the upper right corner that is used to close. However, the option that interests us is the one that appears in the lower right corner called “New desktop”.

Multiple desktops in Windows 10

We can add as many as necessary, but we must take into account the limitations of the RAM memory  that we have installed in our PC. Desktops appear in a thumbnail on the bottom bar, and switching between them is as easy as clicking on one of them. But also, a faster way to move between desktops is through a keyboard shortcut. To do this, you must press the key combination Windows Key + Control + Left Arrow / Right Arrow.

To quickly switch between desktops you can use the shortcut Windows Key + Control + Left Arrow / Right Arrow

If we are not very clear about which applications we have open on one of the desktops, just hold the mouse over the thumbnail of it (without clicking) and at the top we will see the thumbnails of our programs in the form of a box . There is also the option to change desktop applications. There are two ways, both from the task view. The first one consists of holding down the left mouse button on one of the program boxes and then taking it to the desired desktop thumbnail (as can be seen in the image above). The second one consists of pressing the right button of the mouse on one of the boxes and then on “Move to” and choosing between desktops.

Another option that can give us a lot of play within a desktop is to work on a split screen. To do this, we place the mouse cursor over the box of the desired application, click with the right mouse button and then “Dock to the left” or “Dock to the right”. Finally, to close one of the open desktops, just keep the cursor over the desktop thumbnail and then press on the X that appears in the upper right corner.