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Virtual Desktop & Task view in Windows 10

If you are using Windows 10 then you must know about Virtual desktop and Task View which provides great user experience and interface that will help you to do the work by switching between the apps or by switching between virtual desktop on Windows 10. 

In the latest update task view also introduce Timeline, through which you can resume the past activities also. Windows 10 task view shortcuts provide you great multitasking experience.

Windows 10 Virtual Desktop – Shortcut keys

Use Windows key + Left: Split current window to the left side of the screen.

Windows key + Right : Split current window to the right side of the screen.

Use Windows key + Up : Split current window to the top of the screen.

Windows key + Down : Split current window to the bottom of the screen.

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You can also use the combination of above key like Windows key+Left or Right with UP or Windows key+Left or Right with DOWN to move to a specific corner.

Some task view shortcuts which you can use:-

Task View Shortcut for Windows 10

You can see Task View button on Task Bar, But if anyhow you don’t see the button, right-click the taskbar, and select the Show Task View button option.

Task view shortcut

You can click the Task View button on the taskbar to open it, or you can also use these keyboard shortcut for task view to switching between them:-

Windows key + Tab: This combination of keys will open the new Task View.

After opening the task view you can see only Windows from your current virtual desktop appear in the Task View list, and you can use the virtual desktop switcher at the top of the screen to switch between virtual desktops namely + New desktop.

To create new virtual desktop in Windows 10 you can also use Windows key + Ctrl + D.

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How to Switch between Virtual Desktop in Windows 10

Alt + Tab: This combination is quite common and the old one. By pressing Alt+ Tab key allows you to switch between your open Windows. While holding the Alt key, tap Tab again to switching between Windows, and then release the Alt key to select the current window.

Ctrl + Alt + Tab: This works the same as Alt+Tab, but you don’t have to hold down the Alt key, the window thumbnails stay on screen when you release all the keys. Use Tab or your arrow keys to move between thumbnails. Press Enter to select the current thumbnail and make that window active.

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Virtual Desktop Hotkeys for creating New Desktop

Windows 10 Virtual Desktop provide to create multiple monitors one at a time. Below you can see Virtual Desktop shortcut to manage the Windows 10 virtual desktop.

Keyboard shortcut for quickly managing virtual desktop.

Use Windows key + Ctrl + D:  Create a new virtual desktop

Windows key + Ctrl + F4:  Close the current virtual desktop.

Use Windows key + Ctrl + Left:  Switch to next virtual desktop

Windows key + Ctrl + Right:  Switch to previous  virtual desktop

Open pinned items taskbar Suppose whatever items are pinned on your taskbar and want to open directly with keyboard then you can use Windows key + (1,2,3,4,5,6,7, etc).

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