How to enable Multiple Desktops in Windows

One feature that often goes underused within Windows is the Multiple Desktops feature. In this blog, we'll show you how to activate multiple desktops, but also the benefits of using this feature.
29.05.24 Charles Griffiths

Understanding Multiple Desktops

The Multiple Desktops feature on Windows allows users to create and manage multiple desktops on a single physical device. It’s like having several workspaces that you can switch between seamlessly, each with its own set of open applications and files. This feature is particularly beneficial for users who multitask or need to organise their workflow efficiently.

Pro Tip: if you use your laptop for work and personal admin, have a ‘Work Desktop’ and a ‘Personal Desktop’.

How to Access Multiple Desktops

To access Multiple Desktops, follow these simple steps:

Task View Button

Look for the Task View button on the taskbar, usually located to the right of the Start button. It resembles a rectangle divided into four quadrants. If you do not see Task View you can right click on your Taskbar, hit Taskbar Settings and under Taskbar Items you can turn this on.

  • Keyboard Shortcut: Press Windows key + Tab to open Task View.
  • Three-Finger Swipe (for touch devices): If you’re using a touch-enabled device, you can swipe up with three fingers to access Task View.

Creating and Managing Desktops

Once in Task View, you can create a new desktop by clicking on the “New Desktop” option.

  • Keyboard Shortcut: Press Ctrl + Windows Key + D to create a new virtual desktop.
  • Keyboard Shortcut: You can switch between desktops by clicking on the respective desktop thumbnail or using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Windows key + Left/Right arrow.

Optimising Your Workflow

Now that you have multiple desktops at your disposal, here are some ways to optimise your workflow:

Task Segregation

Create separate desktops for different tasks or projects. For example, you could have one desktop for work-related applications and another for personal tasks.

Organising Applications

Keep related applications and files open on the same desktop. This helps in reducing clutter and improves focus.

Switching Between Projects

Switching between desktops is a quick way to transition between different projects without closing or minimising applications.

Task View Overview

To get an overview of all open windows across all desktops, use the Task View button. This makes it easy to locate and switch to specific applications.

Customising Multiple Desktops

Windows allows you to customise each desktop according to your preferences. Right-click on a desktop thumbnail in Task View to access options like renaming, moving, or closing desktops.

The Multiple Desktops feature on Windows is a powerful tool that can significantly enhance your organisation. By leveraging this feature, you can create a personalised and efficient workspace that aligns with your workflow. Whether you’re a professional juggling multiple projects or you’re just starting out in improving your day-to-day, Multiple Desktops can be your secret weapon for a more organised and focused computing experience. Try incorporating this feature into your daily routine.

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