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With virtual desktops, Windows 10 lets you create multiple, separate desktops that each can display different open windows and apps. You could also put all the items that relate to a specific task on one desktop so that you can better focus on that task.

Add a new virtual desktop

  1. Click the Task View button in your taskbar.
    • You can also use the Windows key + Tab shortcut on your keyboard, or you can swipe with one finger from the left of your touchscreen.
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  1. Click New Desktop.
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There’s also a Ctrl + Windows key + D keyboard shortcut that will immediately create a new virtual desktop.

Switch between virtual desktops

  1. Click the Task View button in your taskbar.
    • You can also use the Windows key + Tab shortcut on your keyboard, or you can swipe with one finger from the left of your touchscreen.
  1. Click Desktop 2 or any other virtual desktop you’ve created.
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You can switch back to your original desktop at any time by following the above steps but choosing Desktop 1. There’s also a Ctrl + Windows key + Left and right arrow keyboard shortcut that you can use to switch between virtual desktops. If you’re using a device with a touchpad, you can perform a four-finger swipe left or right to switch between virtual desktops.

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Delete a virtual desktop

To delete a virtual desktop, first hit Windows + Tab to open Task View. Click the X button above the desktop you want to remove.

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Open and running windows in a desktop you close will be moved back to your original desktop. You can also use the Ctrl + Windows key + F4 keyboard shortcut to immediately close the virtual desktop you’re currently viewing.

Sources:
Multiple desktops in Windows 10
How to use multiple desktops in Windows 10

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