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    Open and Use Task View for Virtual Desktops in Windows 10

    Open and Use Task View for Virtual Desktops in Windows 10

    How to Open and Use Task View for Virtual Desktops in Windows 10

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    02 Oct 2014 Last Updated: 2 Weeks Ago at 14:34

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    How to Open and Use Task View for Virtual Desktops in Windows 10

    information   Information
    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:

    Virtual Desktops in Windows 10 - The Power of Windows...Multiplied | Windows Experience Blog

    This tutorial will show you how to open and use Task View to switch between your open apps on multiple virtual desktops in Windows 10.

    Tip   Tip
    Starting with Windows 10 Insider Preview 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.


    CONTENTS:
    • Option One: How to Open Task View in Windows 10
    • Option Two: How to Add a Desktop to Task View in Windows 10
    • Option Three: How to Remove Added Desktops from Task View in Windows 10
    • Option Four: How to Switch Between Open Apps on Desktops in Task View
    • Option Five: How to Move Open Apps on one Desktop to another Desktop
    • Option Six: How to Show Window and Windows from App on All Desktops







    Open and Use Task View for Virtual Desktops in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Open and Use Task View for Virtual Desktops in Windows 10
    How to Open Task View in Windows 10

    1. Do step 2, 3, or 4 below for how you would like to open Task View.

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

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

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





    Open and Use Task View for Virtual Desktops in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Open and Use Task View for Virtual Desktops in Windows 10
    How to Add a Desktop to Task View in Windows 10

    Note   Note
    If you have tablet mode turned on, you will not be able to add a desktop in Task View.


    1. Do step 2 or 3 below for how you would like to add a desktop.

    2. Press the CTRL + Windows + D keys to add a desktop and be switched to it.

    3. Open Task View using Option One above, and click/tap on New desktop at the bottom right corner. (see screenshot below)

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    Open and Use Task View for Virtual Desktops in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Open and Use Task View for Virtual Desktops in Windows 10
    How to Remove Added Desktops from Task View in Windows 10

    1. Do step 2, 3, or 4 below for how you would like to remove added desktops.

    2. Restart explorer to remove all added desktops at once.

    3. Press the Windows + CTRL + F4 keys to remove the desktop you are currently using.

    Note   Note
    If the desktop you remove is on the far left, then all open apps on that desktop will move to the desktop just to the right of it.

    If the desktop you remove is to the right of another desktop, then all open apps on the right desktop will move to the desktop just to the left of it.


    4. Open Task View using Option One above. Click/tap on the close Name:  Close.jpg
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    Note   Note
    If the desktop you remove is on the far left, then all open apps on that desktop will move to the desktop just to the right of it.

    If the desktop you remove is to the right of another desktop, then all open apps on the right desktop will move to the desktop just to the left of it.







    Open and Use Task View for Virtual Desktops in Windows 10 OPTION FOUR Open and Use Task View for Virtual Desktops in Windows 10
    How to Switch Between Open Apps on Desktops in Task View






    Open and Use Task View for Virtual Desktops in Windows 10 OPTION FIVE Open and Use Task View for Virtual Desktops in Windows 10
    How to Move Open Apps on one Desktop to another Desktop

    1. Open Task View, and do step 2 or step 3 below for how you would like to move an app window to a desktop.

    2. Right click or press and hold on a window you want to move, click/tap on Move to, and click/tap on the desktop you want to move it to. (see screenshot below)

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    3. Drag and drop a window to an added desktop at the bottom you want to move it to. (see screenshots below)

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    Open and Use Task View for Virtual Desktops in Windows 10 OPTION SIX Open and Use Task View for Virtual Desktops in Windows 10
    How to Show Window and Windows from App on All Desktops

    Note   Note
    This option is only available starting with Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14316.


    1. Open Task View.

    2. Right click or press and hold on the window you want to pin or unpin from desktops, and click/tap on Show this window on all desktops and/or Show windows from this app on all desktops to check or uncheck for what you want. (see screenshot below)

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    That's it,
    Shawn


  1.    17 Mar 2015 #1
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    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.    17 Mar 2015 #2
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    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.    17 Mar 2015 #3
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    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.    17 Mar 2015 #4
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    No problem.
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  5.    14 Aug 2015 #5
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    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.    14 Aug 2015 #6
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    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.    15 Aug 2015 #7
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    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.    29 Aug 2015 #8
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    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:

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    - 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:

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  9.    29 Aug 2015 #9
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    Thank you Edwin.
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