Multiple Desktops vs Virtual Desktops


  1. Posts : 95
    Windows 10
       #1

    Multiple Desktops vs Virtual Desktops


    Which would be the preferred option - W10 Multiple Desktops or a 3rd-party utility such as Dexpot...?

    T.
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  2. Posts : 13,961
    Windows 10 Pro X64 21H1 19043.1503
       #2

    Why not try both and let us know what you think :)
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  3. Posts : 62,267
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
       #3

    Hello Tabvla,

    Yep, it pretty much just depends on what you like best. :)

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/2...dows-10-a.html
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  4. Posts : 3,257
    Windows 10 Pro
       #4

    I wouldn't say that exactly... Dexpot and other virtual desktop apps tend to have a lot of issues that I haven't seen in Task View, such as apps locking themselves to all desktops because they refuse to hide (they show themselves again as soon as you hide). Or where apps want your attention and suddenly "move" themselves to your current desktop.

    I've yet to find a single third party virtual desktop tool that works correctly for every situation. I haven't run into any problems with Task View, although Task View does not have as many features as many of the other ones.
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  5. Posts : 1,809
    W7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), LM 19.2 MATE (64 bit), W10 Home 1703 (64 bit), W10 Pro 1703 (64 bit) VM
       #5

    Personal Testing


    Ztruker said:
    Why not try both and let us know what you think :)
    Agreed.

    I personally prefer the GNOME2-style some Linux Distros use to indicate what is on each virtual desktop (panel applet).

    Multiple Desktops vs Virtual Desktops-virtual-desktops.png

    VirtuaWin +KvasdoPager toolbar (which I use in W7) is very similar.

    Multiple Desktops vs Virtual Desktops-virtuawin.png

    In W10TP, I do like the way you can open a new virtual desktop by dropping a program window onto the "New Virtual Desktop" button.
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  6. Posts : 95
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #6

    Thanks for the replies and diverse opinions, which really do help in broadening one's view of a subject.

    The link provided by Brink in Post #3 was especially useful. The comment by Mystere in Post #4 is of particular interest.

    My personal preference, in any Windows environment, is to try to get the best out of the utilities provided by Microsoft, as one may expect that MS would be best placed to seamlessly integrate their products with the OS. Historically MS have been woefully deficient in providing really good "add-ons" to Windows and for the most part 3rd-party utilities have done a superior job.

    But that may be changing...... Windows Defender; File History; System Image Backup; Automatic Maintenance; Windows Firewall; Family Safety; Speech Recognition...... to mention just a few, are all very competent, stable utilities with a small footprint and low overhead - and for the most part do an adequate job for many users.

    If W10 Multiple Desktops can do the job that most users require then there has to be a really good reason to use a 3rd-party product - and of course there might well be many good reasons - that is what I would like to determine.

    T.
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  7. Posts : 3,257
    Windows 10 Pro
       #7

    I do hope they add more functionality to TaskView as the insider builds go on after RTM. Things like unique wallpapers per virtual desktop, the ability to define apps to exist on more than one desktop (good for IM and other kinds of apps you need to see all the time), etc...
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  8. Posts : 95
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #8

    Mystere said:
    I do hope they add more functionality to TaskView as the insider builds go on after RTM. Things like unique wallpapers per virtual desktop, the ability to define apps to exist on more than one desktop (good for IM and other kinds of apps you need to see all the time), etc...
    Agree. TaskView in its current form is functional but very thin on depth of user requirements.

    T.
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