How To Use Virtual Desktop in Windows 10 with Multiple Monitors

Virtual desktop in Windows 10 is a feature I use all the time, and I love it. It makes so much sense to use virtual desktops, especially at work where I work with several customers at the same time. It is so easy to switch between customers view and systems now. This is how I use virtual desktop and the important hotkeys.

My multi monitor virtual desktop setup in Windows 10.

Virtual desktops makes perfect sense even in a multi-monitor setup. I have a 3 monitor setup, both at work and at home. This is how my typical monitor configuration is, from left to right:

  1. Email and web browser.
  2. Customer configuration manager.
  3. Customer test system

This view gives me everything I need to work with that specific customer. But I usually work with multiple customers at the same time, and I need to quickly switch between them and pick up where I left. Virtual desktops enables me to do just that. With just pressing 3 buttons I switch from one customer view to another on all 3 monitors at the same time. I even have a virtual desktop for my Atea internal systems that spans over 3 monitors.

How to use Virtual Desktop in Windows 10

Create a new virtual desktop

Virtual Desktop in Windows 10

 

Switch between virtual desktops and applications

Virtual Desktop in Windows 10 part 2

 

Move application from one desktop to another, or create a new application with it

Virtual Desktop in Windows 10 part 3

Windows 10 Virtual Desktop Hotkeys

These hotkeys in Windows 10 makes it very easy to work and switch between virtual desktops.

  • Ctrl + Windows Key + Left Arrow. Switch to previous virtual desktop.
  • Ctrl + Windows Key + Right Arrow. Switch to next virtual desktop.
  • Ctrl + Windows Key + D. Create a new virtual desktop.
  • Ctrl + Windows Key + F4. Close the current virtual desktop.

Virtual desktops was included in Windows 10 during technical preview. Linux have native support for it for decades, and it’s been available in previous Windows versions with 3rd party applications. It truly is a great way to work.

Reference: https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2015/04/16/virtual-desktops-in-windows-10-the-power-of-windowsmultiplied/

Anders Rødland

Anders Rødland started his IT career in 2006. My main focus is MS Configuration Manager and client management, and I currently hold active 15 Microsoft certifications. Certified on Windows Server, Windows Client, SQL, Exchange and System Center Configuration Manager. Anders Rødland also holds an ITIL Foundation certification. This is my private blog and do not represent my employer. I use this to share information that I find useful. Sharing is caring.