Windows 10: How I Created Icons for the Virtual Desktops

  1.    25 Aug 2015 #1

    How I Created Icons for the Virtual Desktops

    Just an idea for anyone wanting icons for the virtual desktop. You need a fixed number of virtual desktops for this to work. For example, I am using 3 virtual desktops. If I wanted to use 4, I would have to recode it or just not used the icons.

    - Get a free scripting program called AutoIT Home - AutoIt
    - Activate the quick launch toolbar Restore Quick Launch Bar in Windows 7 and Windows 10
    - Create a script for each of the virtual desktops and put them in the quick launch folder
    - Use AutoIT (or other) to determine the x,y positions for the Task View icon, the virutal desktop numbers, and quick view icons

    I used this script code:
    MouseClick("left",415,1421,1,0) ; click the task view
    Sleep(200) ; let it wait a bit to make sure the next click activates
    MouseClick("left",1125,1350,1,0) ; click the intended virtual desktop
    MouseMove(1245,1418,1) ; put mouse back in position over icon in quick launch
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  2.    25 Aug 2015 #2

    This is what it looks like in the end. I put them in the middle of the screen. I could probably give them more meaningful icons, but good enough for now.

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  3.    25 Aug 2015 #3

    Another option is to use desktop to the LEFT or RIGHT of the existing desktop. This is done with keyboard shortcut WIN+CNTRL+ARROW or with the following code:

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  4.    25 Aug 2015 #4

    Actually, this works much better to get to a given desktop.

    Just use the left or right keyboard commands to get to either the first or last desktop (maybe 3/4 consecutive changes). Then use the appropriate amount to get to the desired number. For example, if I want to go to desktop 2, then:


    Can then create shortcuts and assign custom icons to the shortcuts. It looks like a native Windows feature. The only downside is there is some blinking when using the direct access. No issues when going left/right 1 desktop at a time though.
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