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    Open Task View in Windows 10

    Open Task View in Windows 10

    How to Open Task View in Windows 10
    Published by Category: General Tips
    08 Jul 2020
    Designer Media Ltd

    How to Open Task View in Windows 10

    Windows 10 introduces a new feature called Task View. Task View is a virtual desktop manager that allows you to quickly switch between all of your open apps on multiple 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.

    For more information about Task View (aka: virtual desktops), see:

    Starting with Windows 10 build 10547 when in Tablet mode, from Task View you can now snap apps to left and right, replace a previously snapped app with another (teeter) and swipe down to close an app.

    This tutorial will show you different ways to open Task View for your virtual desktops and activity history timeline in Windows 10.

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



    Open Task View using Keyboard Shortcut

    1 Press the Win + Tab OR Win + Ctrl + Back keys and release.


    Open Task View from Taskbar

    1 Click/tap on the Task View button on the taskbar. (see screenshot below)

    Open Task View in Windows 10-task_view_button_on_taskbar.png


    Open Task View from Touchscreen

    1 On a touchscreen, swipe inwards from the left border of the screen.

    That's it,

  1. Posts : 255
    Win 10 64bit

    Shawn, you've called the different sections of the tutorial 'Options'.

    Usually when I see options in your tutorials, it means I can choose to do something one way, or a different way, or another different way etc.

    Here, you mean something quite different though. A bit confusing maybe? (for me anyway).
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  2. Posts : 65,209
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter

    Hello Maggi,

    Well, I was hoping the titles of each option would help to let know what each is for.
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  3. Posts : 255
    Win 10 64bit

    Brink said:
    Hello Maggi,

    Well, I was hoping the titles of each option would help to let know what each is for.
    Well that's true Shawn, they do, but they're not things I'm choosing between (which is how I interpret the word 'options').

    To me they're complementary actions that are used when using the Task View, so they're all sections of the tutorial.

    All comes down to dictionary definitions I guess. Just thought I'd mention it.

    And I should also mention I have my gold medal in nitpicking (I prefer to call it 'attention to detail ).
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  4. Posts : 65,209
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter

    No problem. :)
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  5. Posts : 169
    windows 10

    Multiple Desk Tops

    I am really Confused by this.

    This is what I've done: Settings>System>Click System Icon>Click Multitasking on the Left Hand Side>Select All Desktops.

    Then I Click on edge, open a Web Page, Then go to Task View and that page appears in one of those Mini Desk Tops.

    So far so good but what I don't get is how you use edge to open (for instance) a different Site Web Page.

    Do I click on the Minimize dash- and then click edge again, or do I click on the 3 little dots and open a New Window or have to configure something somewhere.

    I'm sorry I just don't get it, please would you try and explain it in very simple Terms, even the You Tube Videos don't explain the procedure of opening another page, without the first one you opened disappearing.

    ( I was also confused by the Options) but so as not to confuse myself any more than I am, I just want to keep to the Normal way of doing it.

    The only way I seem to be able to open a Second Web Page, (without the first Tab disappearing) is to open a New Window but do not know if this is the way you are really supposed to do it.
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  6. Posts : 65,209
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter

    Hello Cyberdesigner, :)

    Think of Task View as having multiple desktops with each desktop able to have something opened on it, and being able to switch between these desktops of opened items.

    You'll need to open a separate window of Edge on each desktop you want one on.
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  7. Posts : 169
    windows 10

    Hi Many Thanks

    So it looks like I have been doing it the Right Way all the Time?

    As the only way that I could get the Multiple Desk Tops to work, was by Clicking on the 3 dots... and opening a New Window every time.

    What was really confusing me and maybe others as well, is that on the 'Tutorial Page' there doesn't seem to be any mention of having to open a New Window every time.

    All it talks about is opening Tabs.

    Anyone coming from Windows XP or Windows 7 would automatically hit the Minimize Dash- and then Click on their Browser to Open a New Window.

    Not so it would seem in Windows 10 but unless I have missed something, nothing seems to explain this to New Windows 10 users.

    In any event, many thanks for your help.
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  8. Posts : 17,839
    Windows 10

    Task View - A Few More Tips...

    This pertains to Build 10532, my apologies if some of this has been covered elsewhere.
    - 'Virtual Desktops' that are open, stay open after sign out, restart, clean start, etc.
    - 'Wheel' or 'Middle' clicking on window thumbnails or 'Desktop' thumbnails, while in Task View, closes them. (Not necessary to pin point the Close button.)
    - dragging windows to a new 'Desktop, of course, or to the '+New Desktop' button, or moving from right click options:

    Open Task View in Windows 10-000199.png

    - not sure how many 'Desktops' you may have, but I have had 200 with one window open in each, without crashing Explorer.
    - Thumbnails in Task View remain live as with Taskbar thumbnails:

    Open Task View in Windows 10-198.png
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  9. Posts : 65,209
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter

    Thank you Edwin. :)
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