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    Move Open App from One Virtual Desktop to Another in Windows 10

    Move Open App from One Virtual Desktop to Another in Windows 10

    How to Move Open App from One Virtual Desktop to Another in Windows 10
    Published by Category: Virtualization
    10 Nov 2021
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    How to Move Open App from One Virtual Desktop to Another in Windows 10


    Task View is a virtual desktop manager in Windows 10 that allows you quickly switch between all of your open apps on multiple virtual desktops. Create custom additional desktops to group apps for productivity, entertainment, or whatever you choose. This makes multitasking and organizing your opened apps much easier.

    Virtual Desktops exist to help you visually and cognitively separate different tasks on your PC. They can also be handy when doing presentations enabling you to prepare demos on different desktops.

    This tutorial will show you how to move an open app window from one virtual desktop to another for your account in Windows 10.


    Contents

    • Option One: Move Open App from One Virtual Desktop to Another using Context Menu in Task View
    • Option Two: Move Open App from One Virtual Desktop to Another by Drag and Drop in Task View



    EXAMPLE: Virtual desktops in Windows 10

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    OPTION ONE

    Move Open App from One Virtual Desktop to Another using Context Menu in Task View


    1 Open Task View (Win+Tab).

    2 Select (hover pointer over) the virtual desktop (ex: "Desktop 1") you want to move an app from. (see screenshot below)

    3 Right click or press and hold on the open app window you want to move, click/tap on Move to, and click/tap on either New desktop or the desktop name (ex: "Desktop 2") you want to move it to.

    If you have multiple displays connected, apps will only show on the display they are opened on for virtual desktops.


    4 When finished, you can now click/tap on the virtual desktop at the top you want to switch to.

    Move Open App from One Virtual Desktop to Another in Windows 10-move_open_app_to_virtual_desktop.jpg






    OPTION TWO

    Move Open App from One Virtual Desktop to Another by Drag and Drop in Task View


    1 Open Task View (Win+Tab).

    2 Select (hover pointer over) the virtual desktop (ex: "Desktop 1") you want to move an app from. (see screenshots below)

    3 Drag and drop the open app window you want to move to the virtual desktop (ex: "Desktop 2") you want to move it to.

    If you have multiple displays connected, apps will only show on the display they are opened on for virtual desktops.


    4 When finished, you can now click/tap on the virtual desktop at the top you want to switch to.

    Move Open App from One Virtual Desktop to Another in Windows 10-drag_move_open_app_to_virtual_desktop-1.jpg Move Open App from One Virtual Desktop to Another in Windows 10-drag_move_open_app_to_virtual_desktop-2.jpg


    That's it,
    Shawn Brink





  1. Posts : 256
    Win 10 Pro 64
       #1

    Option 1, item 4. I don't get the sub menu you show. The one with all the Move to, etc. Has an update changed things? I can manage without, but that menu would be useful.

    I did manage to create a new desktop starting from the Desktop 1 I didn't know I had! That just showed background and icons which was fine.
    Then I opened various old windows which appeared on the new desktop. When finished I gave it a new name for a project I had been working on a few days ago. Great - will save me searching all over to find the files each time I go back to the project.

    My usual opening I found as Desktop 1 and can open that to get back to my day to day programmes.
    Last edited by Snugglebugs; 10 Nov 2021 at 08:25. Reason: Afterthoughts
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  2. Posts : 62,342
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #2

    Snugglebugs said:
    Option 1, item 4. I don't get the sub menu you show. The one with all the Move to, etc. Has an update changed things? I can manage without, but that menu would be useful.

    I did manage to create a new desktop starting from the Desktop 1 I didn't know I had! That just showed background and icons which was fine.
    Then I opened various old windows which appeared on the new desktop. When finished I gave it a new name for a project I had been working on a few days ago. Great - will save me searching all over to find the files each time I go back to the project.

    My usual opening I found as Desktop 1 and can open that to get back to my day to day programmes.
    Hello mate,

    I still have option 1 available for me in Windows 10 build 19043.1348.

    Option 1 step 4 is to click on a desktop at the top you wanted to switch to. Usually the desktop you moved the app to.
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  3. Posts : 256
    Win 10 Pro 64
       #3

    Ah Ha! I see it now. I hadn't selected the correct programme snapshot to click on to get the menu. Now I have it.

    This should be very useful as I have revived an old project with many files collected from all over, some containing information I will use from about 1100 years ago. I kept losing track of them until now! (On my computer I mean )

    Tony
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  4. Posts : 62,342
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #4

    Snugglebugs said:
    Ah Ha! I see it now. I hadn't selected the correct programme snapshot to click on to get the menu. Now I have it.

    This should be very useful as I have revived an old project with many files collected from all over, some containing information I will use from about 1100 years ago. I kept losing track of them until now! (On my computer I mean )

    Tony
      My Computers


  5. Posts : 256
    Win 10 Pro 64
       #5

    I have one doubt. I shut down last night with my day-to-day desktop 1 on screen. This morning I didn't get the Edge browser with my usual 4 tabs open, but a muddled combination of tabs from D1 and the newly made desktop. I shut down Edge, checked its settings and tried again. Still a muddle. I then restarted the PC and got the correct tabs.

    I guess there is a safe procedure I should have adopted when shutting down to get a normal start when switching on the next time?
    Is that right?
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  6. Posts : 62,342
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #6

    Snugglebugs said:
    I have one doubt. I shut down last night with my day-to-day desktop 1 on screen. This morning I didn't get the Edge browser with my usual 4 tabs open, but a muddled combination of tabs from D1 and the newly made desktop. I shut down Edge, checked its settings and tried again. Still a muddle. I then restarted the PC and got the correct tabs.

    I guess there is a safe procedure I should have adopted when shutting down to get a normal start when switching on the next time?
    Is that right?
    Could be a bug.

    It is best to close everything first before shutting down though.
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  7. Posts : 256
    Win 10 Pro 64
       #7

    Brink said:

    It is best to close everything first before shutting down though.
    Yes, that is what I thought. I will have to be more meticulous when switching off!
    By the way, is there a way to also launch Edge when switching on? I have other programmes that do have that option settable.

    Tony
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  8. Posts : 62,342
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #8

    Snugglebugs said:
    Yes, that is what I thought. I will have to be more meticulous when switching off!
    By the way, is there a way to also launch Edge when switching on? I have other programmes that do have that option settable.

    Tony
    You could add a Microsoft Edge shortcut to your Startup folder for that.

    Add, Delete, Enable, or Disable Startup Items in Windows 10
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  9. Posts : 256
    Win 10 Pro 64
       #9

    I like Option 6 - very neat!
    Fingers crossed for tomorrow.

    - - - Updated - - -

    Snugglebugs said:
    I like Option 6 - very neat!
    Fingers crossed for tomorrow.
    Now I get the desktop I want at switch on. Can't think of anything more to ask so thanks until the next time!

    Tony

    PS Not everything was so good this week - water and power failed and then heating failed to restart. Fixed that and then
    microwave magnetron failed. Only 42 years old. Pity it didn't get to 50.
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