The Start Menu is one aspect that has improved in the Windows 10 operating system. Windows 10 will display a Start Menu that adjusts to the device running the operating system.
This article is intended to introduce the new Windows 10 interface for Tablets, which also applies to Desktops. Windows 10 has not been released to the public, but those who have signed up for special programs can get it, and the version used for this article is Windows 10 technical preview 10074.
This is a new feature that is very useful in Windows 10. Virtual desktop allows users to add several new desktops, and can easily add several new windows on a new desktop that has been added. That way, user productivity will increase. This article will explain the functions of virtual desktops, and things that can make it easier for you to use them.
Get to know Task View
Virtual desktop can be seen in Task View. Press the Task View button in the taskbar. By default, the button is next to Cortana.
This is like the Windows + Tab Logo feature that was previously found in Windows 8.1 and earlier versions of Windows; but has more functions with virtual desktops. Of course, you can also use the button as a shortcut key to open Task View faster.
Initially, you will see a thumbnail of each window that is being used.
Add a new virtual desktop
To add a new virtual desktop, just click “New desktop”.
Then select the thumbnail of the new virtual desktop to open it.
To delete a desktop, simply click the “X” Close button on its thumbnail, then automatically, the windows that are currently open on the deleted virtual desktop will immediately move to the desktop that is still available.
Manage Windows between Virtual Desktops
Still in Task View. Here there are thumbnails of all windows of all available virtual desktops. Users can see the desired window by clicking on the thumbnail. In addition, using the keyboard (Windows Logo + Tab & Arrow) can speed up access.
To view windows on another desktop, just click the next desktop thumbnail, sorted by number.
For faster access, use Alt + Tab. This method has been around for a long time. When pressing both together, release your pressure on the Tab without taking Alt off. Then press Tab again to hover the thumbnail you want. When you release pressure on both, the selected window will open. But this method is only for desktop that is being used.
Users can also move windows to other desktops in a fast way, by pressing and holding the thumbnail of the window that you want to move, then sliding it and releasing it on the desired desktop thumbnail. This method is done when Task View opens.
In addition to holding down, the user can also move the window to another desktop by right-clicking on the thumbnail: Move to> (desired desktop) or “New desktop” to move it to the new desktop to be created. This method might be very useful for users who often use a lot of virtual desktops.
Shortcuts with keyboard and swiping with keyboard
- Add a new virtual desktop: Windows Logo + Ctrl + D
- Switch desktop to previous desktop: Windows Logo + Ctrl + Left Arrow
- Switch desktop to the next desktop: Windows Logo + Ctrl + Right Arrow
- Close the virtual desktop currently in use: Windows logo + Ctrl + F4
- Open Taskview: Windows Logo + Tab
In addition to using a combination of two or more keyboards as shortcuts, there are several shortcuts for faster and easier use of virtual desktops. The trick is to use a touchpad, which is swipe.
Swipe can be done using the touchpad on a laptop. The swipe function on the touchpad certainly requires more than one finger gesture. For this reason, this swipe method requires a dual-gesture touchpad and a touchpad type on it. Not all laptops have a touchpad with gestures that support more than one finger.
Open Task View: Press the touchpad with three fingers then swipe up.
Closing Task View: Press the touchpad with three fingers then swipe down.
Swapping open windows (like Alt + Tab): Press the touchpad with three fingers then swipe left or right.