Microsoft introduced the virtual desktops feature with Windows 10. It’s something that has been a part of Linux for years. It lets you set up different desktop experiences and switch between them, and get things done. And while it’s a welcome feature in Windows 10, Microsoft has improved the experience. Next, we explain how to use virtual desktops in Windows 11.
How to Add a Virtual Desktop in Windows 11
To create a new virtual desktop, hover your mouse over the task view button on the taskbar. It’s the button between the Widgets and Search icons. Then click Add desktop in the menu that appears.
Do it every time you want to create a new virtual desktop. When you have a new desk, you can create a work environment for it. For example, you can create different desktops for various projects you are working on. Or create a work environment and a “multimedia or gaming desk” and switch between them.
To see what happens on each virtual desktop you create, hover your mouse over the “Task View” button and then over each desktop. For example, here I have three virtual desktops running with different applications on each.
How to Rename a Virtual Desktop in Windows 11
By default, Windows gives each desktop a generic name. But you can create specific names for each one. Mouse over the button in the task view, right-click on a desktop, and select Rename.
Then enter the name you want to give the desktop. Do it for each one you want to rename.
Move Windows Between Desks
Sometimes you may want to move an application window from one desktop to another. To do this, click on the button in the task view and hover over the desktop with the window you want to move. Then right-click in the window and click Move to and select the desktop.
How to close a virtual desktop in Windows 11
To close a virtual desktop, click the button in the task view, hover over the desktop you want to close, and click the X in the upper-right corner of the preview.
You can also right-click the thumbnail of the virtual desktop preview and click To close. And it’s worth noting that you can close a desktop using the keyboard shortcut Windows + Ctrl + F4.
When a virtual desktop is closed and more than two have been created, its content will be moved to the desktop on its left. Closing a desktop does not close open applications; it only moves them one place.
The Virtual Desktop feature in Windows 11 appears to be a smoother and more responsive experience than Windows 10. Creating, managing, and maintaining desktops is intuitive. You have other options like showing a window on all desktops, showing an app’s windows on all desktops, and more. It’s a good feature if you prefer different environments for various tasks and workflows.