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  1. Joined : Mar 2015
    Posts : 3
    Windows 10
       21 Mar 2015 #1

    Task View with Dual Monitors issue


    I have a dual monitor setup:


    - Main screen, where I work using different applications in different virtual desktops.
    - Secondary screen, where another application constantly running in the foreground (e.g.: showing a movie, youtube videos etc.), which I need to be always shown.

    When I create multiple desktops in my main screen, Windows also creates the same desktops in the secondary screen.

    When working, I alt-tab to move between main screen's applications, which potentially changes desktops.
    The problem is that the same desktops are changed in my secondary screen; therefore, my application stops showing when changing desktops.

    I was wondering if I can resolve this somehow. For example:
    1) Disabling virtual desktops for my secondary monitor specifically
    2) Copy application to all desktops (therefore, it shows regardless of which desktop I am switching)


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  2. Joined : Sep 2014
    Posts : 2,923
    Windows 10 Pro
       21 Mar 2015 #2

    No, you can't do this. A "desktop" is all of your monitors combined. This is why it says "Extend your desktop" when you apply more than one monitors.

    Thus, when you have a new virtual desktop, it will display on all monitors, and there is no way to make a monitor see one desktop and a different monitor see a different desktop.

    It would be nice if they would add a feature that allows an application to stay on whatever the current desktop is, but I doubt that is going to happen.

    I would suggest submitting feedback in the feedback app suggesting this feature. If enough people vote for it, it might happen.
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  3. Joined : Mar 2015
    Posts : 3
    Windows 10
       21 Mar 2015 #3

    Correct me if I am wrong, but I think the same thing was happening with OS X Mavericks but they "fixed" it in Yosemite. A desktop was considered as all the monitors combined but after their fix, this was no longer the case and each monitor was separately handled.

    Mystere said: View Post
    No, you can't do this. A "desktop" is all of your monitors combined. This is why it says "Extend your desktop" when you apply more than one monitors.

    Thus, when you have a new virtual desktop, it will display on all monitors, and there is no way to make a monitor see one desktop and a different monitor see a different desktop.

    It would be nice if they would add a feature that allows an application to stay on whatever the current desktop is, but I doubt that is going to happen.

    I would suggest submitting feedback in the feedback app suggesting this feature. If enough people vote for it, it might happen.
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  4. Joined : Dec 2014
    Chicagoland
    Posts : 399
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       21 Mar 2015 #4

    Mystere said: View Post
    It would be nice if they would add a feature that allows an application to stay on whatever the current desktop is, but I doubt that is going to happen.
    With dexpot, you can have an application span all desktops or a set of desktops, It is superior as far as virtual desktops compared to anything else I have used, and works fine under Windows 10. I highly recommend trying it.
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  5. Joined : Sep 2014
    Posts : 2,923
    Windows 10 Pro
       21 Mar 2015 #5

    Geneo said: View Post
    With dexpot, you can have an application span all desktops or a set of desktops, It is superior as far as virtual desktops compared to anything else I have used, and works fine under Windows 10. I highly recommend trying it.
    Dexpot, along with all other virtual desktop solutions (other than Task View) have inherent issues that are related to how they work and how Windows does things. Dexpot et al work by "hiding" apps when they aren't supposed to be shown. The "virtual" desktops are all the same desktop, and the application does some magic to make it appear like they are separate ones.

    Task View actually uses dedicated, separate desktops as far as I know.

    The issues with the "fake" virtual desktop approach is that some apps don't play well with it. Some apps refuse to be hidden by another app. Some apps show themselves suddenly for no apparent reason, and they'll just appear where you happen to be. Some apps don't like to be moved around.

    You don't have this problem with "real" desktops, because they are actually separate desktops like those used by "Switch User" or by Terminal Services. Each Desktop is managed separately by windows.
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  6. Joined : Mar 2015
    Posts : 3
    Windows 10
       22 Mar 2015 #6

    Mystere's explanation is exactly why I updated to Windows 10. I have been using Dexpot (among other similar applications) a lot in Windows 7/8 which produced similar problems. Also, Dexpot felt a little bloated or laggy.

    The native offering of Windows 10 desktops won me over and I was so excited to finally see this feature (which, to be honest, has skyrocketed my productivity/efficiency in different OSes)

    This is the reason I am dying to know if someone has found/invented a workaround for this. It will make many people happy (as OSX did for its users last year).
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  7. Joined : Jan 2016
    Posts : 1
    windows
       20 Jan 2016 #7

    I'm try to resolve that problem to and I called microsoft about that problem, if you find a answer tell me please and post it here and others with the same pronblem will resolve it and I'll do the same to. THANK YOU.
    nilminus said: View Post
    I have a dual monitor setup:


    - Main screen, where I work using different applications in different virtual desktops.
    - Secondary screen, where another application constantly running in the foreground (e.g.: showing a movie, youtube videos etc.), which I need to be always shown.

    When I create multiple desktops in my main screen, Windows also creates the same desktops in the secondary screen.

    When working, I alt-tab to move between main screen's applications, which potentially changes desktops.
    The problem is that the same desktops are changed in my secondary screen; therefore, my application stops showing when changing desktops.

    I was wondering if I can resolve this somehow. For example:
    1) Disabling virtual desktops for my secondary monitor specifically
    2) Copy application to all desktops (therefore, it shows regardless of which desktop I am switching)


      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  8. Joined : Sep 2016
    Posts : 3
    Windows 10
       01 Sep 2016 #8

    I second this


    I am really interested on a workaround as well, please let me know if any of you find a solution!

    Right now I'm trying to work on my PC while my gf watches netflix on a second monitor, and this is bothering me so very much!
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  9. Joined : Sep 2014
    Posts : 2,923
    Windows 10 Pro
       01 Sep 2016 #9

    I should note that I think I was mistaken way back then. It appears to me that TaskView works in the same way that other virtual desktop programs, however MS (as usual) knows a bit more about the inside workings of the OS and can make this function more reliably.

    I am very disappointed that MS did not make TaskView work like Sysinternals Desktops with added functionality to move apps between screens, but to be honest, that's probably a much more difficult task.
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  10. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,473
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15014
       01 Sep 2016 #10

    In addition, you might see if either OPTION FIVE or OPTION SIX in the tutorial below may be able to help.

    Task View for Desktops - Open and Use in Windows 10
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