How to Use Multiple Desktops in Windows 10

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Multi-colored stacked planesThough most of us are happy with the primary desktop we work on, some of us need multiple instances of the same for different reasons. In the latter case, a user prefers to divide his PC sessions based on different categories, viz., work, entertainment, confidential, and more. And, that's where multiple desktops come into play. Fortunately, most modern desktop operating systems support this feature. And, in this article, we're going to focus on Windows 10 multiple desktop workflow. Those who're unfamiliar with this concept may find it a bit weird in the beginning. But, once you get hold of it, it's one of the best tools in your arsenal to keep your PC sessions segregated based on your interests. I often use it when working on my desktop though I prefer to use a single one while using a laptop and that too while on the go. Multiple desktops work on each version of Windows 10 and can be activated quite easily. Let's get started and see how to use and get the most out of multiple desktops on a Windows 10 device.

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Multiple desktops leave a very light footprint on your PC and consume minimal resources for its functioning. So, if you're using a low-end system with at least 4GB RAM, do not hesitate in trying it.

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In fact, you can enable support for multiple desktops in older versions too, but, in Windows 10, it's dead simple-to-use. So, without any delay, let's dive into the privacy-focused world of virtual desktops.

Here's how to get started!

For using multiple desktops, one needs access to the Task View button on the taskbar. If it's not already visible, you can activate it—easily.

Context menu showing task view button option in Windows 10
To do so, right-click on the task and click the Show Task View button option. Clicking this option will activate the Task View button on the task as shown below.

A task view button on the Windows 10 taskbar
Clicking this button will tile all the existing opened windows (applications) in a grid in the form of thumbnails. You can easily switch to one of these windows by clicking on it.

Here, you'll also find a New desktop on the top left side. That's what we're interested in.


Clicking this button will create a new desktop. Simply, click on the desktop you want to switch to. An example is shown below.

A list multiple desktops on Windows 10
You may note that by default the desktops are named as Desktop <Number> which looks a bit amateurish. Fortunately, you can get rid of this problem quite easily.

Custom names for Windows 10 virtual desktops
Simply, double-click on the desktop name and it'll convert into an editable text field. Type in the required desktop name and hit the enter key. That's it!

Deletion button for a virtual desktop on Windows
If you want to delete a desktop, hover on its name and you'll get the delete button on the right. Click it and it's gone forever. Make sure to save your work on that desktop before deleting it.

So, you can see, using multiple desktops on Windows 10 is so easy. All you need is to activate the task view button. Initially, you may find it, a bit weird, but once you get hang of it, there's no going back.