Tech Tip: Utilizing multiple desktops

If you are a single-monitor user (or even if you use an external monitor) it may be handy to have multiple virtual desktops. Juggling different projects on the same computer can be tricky but using a virtual desktop can be very similar to using multiple monitors giving you more space to work.  

Multiple desktops are great for keeping unrelated, ongoing projects organized, or for quickly switching desktops before a meeting. You can add an unlimited number of them as well. 

How to create multiple desktops:

  1. On the taskbar, select Task View pane (two overlapping rectangles) > New desktop (Shortcut Windows Key + Tab)
  2. Open the apps you want to use on that desktop
  3. Switch between desktops by selecting Task View again and clicking on the desktop you would like to go to (Shortcut Windows Key + Ctrl + Left or Right arrows)

How to move windows between desktops:

  1. Open the Task View pane and then hover over the desktop containing the window you want to move.
  2. The windows on that desktop will pop up. Find the window you would like to move and right-click it, and go to Move to and choose the desktop you would like to move the window to. 
  3. You can also drag and drop windows. Grab the window you would like to move and drag it into the desired desktop.

How to close a desktop:

  1. Open the Task View pane and hover over the desktop you want to close until a small X appears in the upper right corner. 
  2. Click the X to close the desktop. (Shortcut Windows Key + Ctrl + F4)

For more information and helpful tips, please visit the IT Customer Support Portal or contact the IT Customer Support Desk.

If you have a suggestion or a Technology Tip you think can be useful, you can submit them by emailing techtips@grcc.edu 

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