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How to use Windows 10's Task View and virtual desktops

Ian Paul | July 28, 2015
Windows 10 brings a lot of great features to the PC, but one that power users are greeting with an exasperated "finally" is virtual desktops.

Unlike OS X or Linux, which use grid layouts, Windows 10 organizes virtual desktops in a straight line. To shift between the desktops, use the Windows logo key + Ctrl and the left or right arrow keys.

New desktops are always created on the right side of the line. Once you navigate to the last desktop, you can't hit the right arrow key to loop around to first one. Instead, you have to navigate backwards using the left arrow key. 

Just a quick note about the virtual desktop navigation shortcut: It's very easy to forget what you're doing and hit Ctrl + Alt and the arrow keys instead of the Windows logo key + Ctrl. If you do that, which I've already done many times, you'll change the orientation of your display.

In other words, your desktop may suddenly move to portrait mode. If that happens, just hit Ctrl + Alt + the up arrow key to return to regular landscape mode.

That's about all there is to Task View and virtual desktops. Enjoy the extra desktop space and improved efficiency, and be sure to check out PCWorld's mammoth list of Windows 10 tips and tricks for more nifty tweaks.


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