windows 10 multiple desktop and shortcuts

Our attention gets stolen and we get sidetracked from time to time either through the eye-catching power of an ad or a message popping of your screen from one social media platform. Although we want to focus on a particular job, we just can't. Using multiple desktops in Windows 10 allows you to expand your desktop beyond the physical space available on the screen and allows you to organize tasks in order of priority.

The multiple desktops, also called the virtual desktop is a feature available to windows 10 users to create and manage multiple desktops, which you can use to separate related tasks into groups and easily switch between them. Allowing you to tackle what you want to; when you want to, but it becomes more interesting and easier to use when you know the keyboard shortcuts available to it. These shortcuts give you more control and speed up your Windows experience:

Open Task ViewWindow Key + Tab Key
Create A New Virtual DesktopWindows + Ctrl + D
Switch Between DesktopsWindows + Ctrl + Left/Right Arrow
Close Current DesktopWindows + Ctrl +F4
Close Task ViewEsc
Switch Between Running ApplicationAlt +Tab

Open Task View

The Task View contains thumbnails to every existing virtual desktops and application presently running on the selected desktop. Press the Windows key + Tab key, to quickly open the task view screen. Alternatively, you can click the Task View icon which is directly to the right of the windows search box on your screen.

Thumbnails to every existing virtual desktops

In the Task View screen, you can use the Tab key to move between the lists of desktops and applications available.

Create A New Virtual Desktop

To create a new virtual desktop from anywhere on your computer, press Windows + Ctrl +D anytime and you’ll be redirected to the new desktop instantly. Otherwise, go to Task View > New Desktop.

new virtual desktop

Switch Between Desktops

To switch Desktops at any time, press Windows + Ctrl + Left Arrow to navigate to a lower-numbered desktop or Windows + Ctrl + Right Arrow to navigate to a higher-numbered number. For instance, you will press Windows + Ctrl + Right Arrow to go from Desktop 3 to Desktop 4. Alternatively, you can switch desktops from the Task View screen by clicking whichever desktop you would want to use.

switch desktops

Close Current Desktop

Just right on the Task View screen, you can click the “X” sign above the desktop thumbnail you would want to close. If you would want to quickly close a desktop, switch to the desktop to be close and press Windows + Ctrl + F4. The current desktop will automatically close and transfer any running application on the closed desktop to the virtual desktop numerically below the closed desktop. For example, if you were running Microsoft Word on desktop 3, it transfers to desktop 2 upon closing desktop 3.

Note that some keyboards need might require the Fn key to activate the F keys, in this situation press Windows + Ctrl + Fn + F4.

close current desktop

Close Task View

Whenever the Task View is opened and you wish to leave the page, just press Esc. Then it returns to the selected desktop. Alternatively, click any empty space on your screen to close the Task View.

close task view

Move an App between Virtual Desktops

Just like in life; not everything has a shortcut, this process doesn’t. To do this, go to the Task View and drag the application's thumbnail unto the preferred desktop with your mouse. Otherwise, right-click on the application's thumbnail to see options and select a new desktop destination for it.

drap application to another virtual desktop

Switch between Running Application

You can flip through running apps in the current desktop by pressing Alt + Tab to find and select the app window you want.

flip thru running apps


Exactly! Cut down on wasted time and diverted focus. Sticky notes could also be of great help. So organize your screen, get more jobs done in limited time and flex your windows 10 PC like a pro. If you have any questions and comments, please drop them in the comment box and also don’t forget to share.