Windows 10 brought virtual desktops to the Windows OS, which allows users to use multiple desktops simultaneously. This can be a useful feature, especially for those who prefer multitasking. Virtual desktops let you access multiple windows at once and organize and categorize the work you are doing. This makes it easier for one to categorize the work in multiple virtual desktops they create.

This feature was there in Windows 10, and you will see this feature in Windows 11 as well. Many people think of virtual desktops to cause problems, but they are easy to create and manage. If you don’t know you can create virtual desktops in Windows 11, this article will help you. In this article, we will be discussing how you can create virtual desktops in Windows 11. 

Creating Virtual Desktops In Windows 11

Before you start using Virtual Desktops, you will have to create virtual desktops on your PC. There are no limits to how many virtual desktops you can create, so you can create as many as you want. To create a virtual desktop in Windows 11, follow the steps given below-

  • Click on the Task View icon on the taskbar. You can either press the Windows + Tab key combo to open the task view.
  • In the task view, you will see all the apps you have opened on your PC.
  • Here you will see an option called New Desktop. Click on it to create a new virtual desktop. You can either press Windows + Ctrl + D key combo to create a new virtual desktop.

How To Create Virtual Desktops In Windows 11

If you do not see the Task View icon on the taskbar, it may be because the icon is not enabled. You will have to enable the task view icon to be able to create and use virtual desktops. To enable the task view icon, follow the steps given below-

  • Right-click on the taskbar, and then click on Taskbar settings to open the settings of the taskbar.
  • In the Taskbar settings, expand the Taskbar items section.

How To Create Virtual Desktops In Windows 11

  • Here enable Task view toggle to enable Task view icon on the taskbar.

Managing And Working With Virtual Desktops

After you have created Virtual Desktop, you should know how you work with them.

  • To switch between desktops, you can press Windows + Ctrl + Right (to switch to the virtual desktop on the right) or Windows + Ctrl + Left (to switch to desktop on the left). Virtual desktops are arranged in ascending order, so desktop 1 will be at the leftmost. You can either press the Windows + Tab key combo or click on the Task view icon. Now click on the desktop that you want to switch to. If you use a laptop or an external touchpad, you can use touchpad gestures like the four-finger swipe to switch between desktops.
  • If you want to rename the desktop, then right-click on the desktop you want to rename in the task view. Click on rename and then name it to whatever you want to.

How To Create Virtual Desktops In Windows 11

  • You can also rearrange the virtual desktops if you want to. You can do so by dragging and dropping the desktop to the place where you want to. Open the Task View, then click and hold the virtual desktop, and then drag and drop it to the position you want to.
  • If you want to move the app from one desktop to another, you also can do so. Drag the app from the desktop to another desktop, and it will be shifted to that desktop.
  • You can also change the desktop for every single virtual desktop to distinguish them from one another. Right-click on the virtual desktop on the task view, and then from the context menu, click on Choose background. You will be headed to the Personalization section in the Settings. Now, choose the background you want to set for the desktop, and you are good to go.

How To Create Virtual Desktops In Windows 11


Final Words

Creating virtual desktops in Windows 11 can be useful if you keep on switching between the apps. This is quite a useful feature for multi-taskers. If you want to create virtual desktops in Windows 11, you can follow the steps given in this article. We have discussed how you can create virtual desktops and also work with them in Windows 11.

Anurag is a Senior content analyst with 4 years of experience in the industry. Based in India, He is extremely skilled at Windows related to How to Troubleshooting matters. His favorite topics are Windows 11, Android, and How To's.


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