Virtual desktop is one of the useful features of Windows, which in simple language can simulate the experience of having multiple monitors for people who use only one monitor. Windows 11 also takes advantage of this feature, and here’s how to use it.
What is a virtual desktop?
When we use the word desktop for Windows, we usually refer to a specific environment that has a background image and contains a variety of icons. But on the other hand, we can also use the term desktop for how programs and icons are arranged. So if you imagine a wooden desk with different papers in different parts, this whole arrangement can be called a desktop. The second definition also applies to virtual desktops.
It should be noted that although Windows 10 also uses this feature, in Windows 11, the virtual desktop feature is generally simpler and more attractive, and therefore probably more welcome.
How to create a virtual desktop?
In Windows 11, you can create the virtual desktops you want just by clicking on an icon. To do this, just click on the Task View icon in the taskbar, which is placed in two squares on top of each other. You can also press the Windows + Tab keys on the keyboard instead of clicking on this icon. If you do not see the Task View option, then you have hidden it. In this case, just right-click on the taskbar and after selecting Taskbar Settings, activate the Task View option.
After clicking on Task View, you will see a new page where you can see all the windows related to the opened programs. You will also see a thick horizontal bar at the bottom that shows the system’s virtual desktops. To add a new virtual desktop, you must click on the positive icon or press Windows + Ctrl + D.
This will create a virtual desktop that you must click to access this new environment.
You will then be taken to the virtual desktop in question, which is visually no different from the main desktop environment of your system. This means that, as always, you can open and close different programs and do the things you want. After switching to another virtual desktop, all these changes and layouts are saved and you can easily revisit this environment again.
In addition, in the Task View panel, you can transfer different programs to different virtual desktops. Among the features of this feature, we can mention the use of different background images for each of these environments so that you can easily identify different environments.
How to delete a virtual desktop?
To delete a virtual desktop, you must first click on the Task View icon or press the Windows + Tab keys. Then hover the mouse pointer over the desired virtual desktop so that the X icon appears at the top right of it. Then by clicking on this icon, you can easily delete the desired virtual desktop.
Additionally, by pressing the Windows + Tab keys and then using the arrow keys on the keyboard, select the virtual desktop you want to delete and press the Delete key. By deleting these virtual desktops, all the applications that are open on them will be moved to the virtual desktop on the left.