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What is a Virtual Desktop in Windows 11? How To Use Them

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Virtual Desktop in Windows 11: Organising your desktop on your computer is a great way of organizing your work, and becoming more productive. If you asked an IT support company, they would definitely tell you that organizing your desktop is critical for productive work – some even recommend the use of dual monitors to make organizing apps easy, but not everyone can afford to do that.

What is a Virtual Desktop in Windows 11? How To Use Them

Virtual Desktop in Windows 11

It is distracting and time-consuming when you have lots of applications and windows open and you need to sift through them to find the one you need. Luckily, in Windows 11 (which is now widely available to most Windows users) you can create additional desktops, known as virtual desktops, that allow you to organize apps. This is an excellent feature that many businesses and professional users take advantage of.

What is a Virtual Desktop in Windows 11?

Windows 11 is an operating system that has been specifically designed with businesses and workers in mind.

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Most of the top companies providing IT services in London are recommending their customers upgrade to Windows 11. Virtual Desktops is one of the best features of the latest Windows OS.

Most people know the desktop as the space that all windows you open sit on top of. You can store files on the desktop, and when you open up a PC and log in, it’s the first thing you see.

Virtual desktops are simply replicas of the main desktop – except you can have different windows open on a virtual desktop to the ones that are open on your main desktop.

To that end, you can organize your apps and windows across multiple virtual desktops to make everything neater.

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How to Create a Virtual Desktop

Virtual Desktops in Windows are possible due to a feature known as ‘Task View’. To view and create virtual desktops, you need to open Task View.

In order to do this, click on the Task View button that is in the taskbar – it looks like two overlapping squares. Alternatively, you can simply press Windows Key + Tab to open Task View.

With Task View open, you will see a special page showing every single window that is open on your computer. Along the bottom of the screen, you will see your main desktop, any virtual desktops you have created, and a button that says “New Desktop” with a plus (+) sign in it.

Simply click the ‘New Desktop’ button. If you have never done this before, it will simply be named “Desktop 2” (your main desktop will be titled “Desktop 1” by default). 

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By clicking on your Virtual Desktop, it will take over your display. All the windows you had open in your main desktop will disappear (but you simply need to switch back to see them again).

How to Use Virtual Desktops in Windows 11

You can create as many Virtual Desktops from within Task View as you want. There are a few different things that are worth knowing in order to get the most out of virtual desktops in Windows.

Naming Virtual Desktops

By default, all desktops in Task View will be named “Desktop” followed by a number. Your main desktop is “Desktop 1” and every subsequent virtual desktop you create will be called “Desktop 2” and so on. Renaming a desktop is very easy.

  • Open Task View by clicking on the icon, or by pressing Windows Key + Tab.
  • Right-click the desktop, and select Rename
  • Alternatively, you can simply click on the name of the desktop, and it will allow you to type a new one.

Switching Between Virtual Desktops

When you open Task View, you can see all of the desktops you have created along the bottom of your display. If you want to open a different desktop, you can simply click on that desktop and it will take over the display.

However, a quicker way of switching between desktops is by holding Ctrl + Windows key, and press the Left or Right arrow keys on your keyboard.

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Moving Windows Between Virtual Desktops

When you open Task View, all the windows in the desktop you are currently in will be displayed on the screen. When you switch to another desktop, the windows in it will then be displayed.

If you want to move a window to a different desktop, simply click and hold the window, and drag and drop it into whichever desktop you want to put it on.

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