How to use virtual desktops in Windows 11

Have you ever worked on something in Windows and wish you could keep it in its own space? Maybe it is something personal that does not correspond to the things of the work? Well, just like Windows 10, Windows 11 has a virtual desktop feature for those times. If you are not familiar with this feature, we’re here to help. Here’s how to use virtual desktops in Windows 11.

Step 1: Activate or search for the feature

Windows 11 virtual desktop settings.

Virtual desktops should be enabled by default in Windows 11. You can find it by hovering your mouse over the third icon from the left of the taskbar (the one that looks like two squares.) If you don’t see this icon , then there’s a good chance it was turned off. You can activate it by right-clicking on the taskbar and choosing Taskbar settings. Next, make sure the toggle switch for task view is turned on.

Step 2: hover over and click on the task view

Once you’ve confirmed that virtual desktops are enabled, you can access them by hovering over the Task View icon in the taskbar, as we described above. There should be a prompt for New office. Click on it, then launch a new desktop space. You’ll be taken to a new desktop, and in that new desktop space, you can open an app, game, or document to separate it from your main desktop. This allows you to separate your windows or apps and your browsing sessions into a new space to stay efficient and get more work done.

Step 3: Personalize your experience

When a new virtual desktop space is created, you can access it at any time by hovering over the Task View icon and clicking on the desktop you want to access. You can create as many virtual desktops as you want. You can even rearrange the order by clicking and dragging on top of a virtual desktop in the Task View list.

Additionally, you can rename a virtual desktop by right-clicking and choosing Rename. To better visualize your desktops, you can even change the background from the context menu. And, you can even send windows from one active desktop to another. Right-click on an app preview and in the To move to menu, select the virtual desktop to which you want to move items.

Check out our other Windows 11 guides!

Virtual desktops are just one of the many great features of Windows 11. We have covered other features of Windows 11, such as running Android apps, using task manager, and themes, colors. and other office experiences. Make sure to stay tuned to OnMSFT for all your Windows 11 news and information.

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