Microsoft was late for the virtual desktop game, but Windows 10 users can take advantage of this feature, albeit with bare bones. You can create multiple virtual workstations, move applications between them, and easily keep your work and playback applications separate.
It’s a great way to make sure you stay focused. With your little work, you can really enhance your Windows 10 virtual desktop experience.
Here are three handy Windows 10 virtual desktop tips to improve your productivity.
1. Move Windows between virtual workstations
To move windows to virtual workstations, follow these steps:
- Click to task View
- Right-click the window you want to move.
- You can then choose where you want to move it. You can also create a new desktop to which the window will go if you wish.
To use the drag-and-drop method, in the task view, go to the desktop with the window you want to move. Drag the window down to the desktop icons and drag it to the desktop you want to move it to.
You can see this process in action in the video below:
2. Close applications in the task view
You don’t really have to switch to a specific desktop to close the app. To effectively get rid of applications, simply go to the Task view and move the mouse over the virtual desktop of the application you want to close.
Do not click on the desktop. Just move the mouse over the visible application panes and click X in the upper right corner of the application to be closed.
3. Personalize your desktop with Virtual Desktop Enhancer
If you use your virtual desktops to create a functional sharing of apps or stay focused, it would be great to be able to name each desktop in the task view so you can easily see at a glance how you’ve shared your app updates.
Although this feature is expected in the next update, there is a third-party application that you can use to adapt their virtual desktop rather significantly.
With Virtual Desktop Enhancer, you can assign names to each desktop, assign a unique wallpaper to each desktop, and also assign custom keyboard shortcuts to help you interact with your virtual desktops.
Charge: Virtual desktop enhancer Windows 10 (Free)
They are pretty straightforward instructions you can follow to install and use the program. You will probably need to install Visual C ++ is available for Visual Studio 2015 first, and this only works with the 64-bit version of Windows 10.
Once installed, you can download and uninstall Virtual Desktop Enhancer from anywhere on your computer. There are only two files you really need to interact with.
First, settings.ini, lets you enter all the customizations. You can open it with Windows’ own text editor, Notepad.
Scroll down to mark virtual desktops Desktop Names. You will find it pre-populated on 10 desktops. After = enter the name of the desktop to be used.
Unfortunately, this does not change the view of the dock in the to-do list, but when you open the desktop, the name flashes on the screen.
All other editable elements are included in the settings file. A list of different settings and possible shortcuts that you can customize can be found Virtual Desktop Enhancer Help pages.
When you have made all the changes, close and save the file. You can then run Virtual Desktop Enhancer (it is an EXE file.) Double-click the application to open it, and the changes should take effect.
More Windows 10 Virtual Desktop Tips
The Windows 10 Virtual Desktop is a great way to differentiate your business environment at home. Just a little space between the two can keep your computer tidy and make it more productive in the long run.
Setting a different background for each virtual table is one of the best options and will help you keep track of where you are working on the virtual table. Entries on your virtual workstations have the same effect.
If you’re moving to a Windows 10 virtual desktop, check out the others more ways to enhance your virtual desktop experience
5 Ways to Enhance Virtual Desktops in Windows 10